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Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwila said hundreds of people had died in Malawi and nearly half of the country was devastated by Cyclone Freddy and asked for help from the international community .
According to the British “Guardian” report on March 20, in an exclusive interview, Chakwila asked the international community to help and said that the structural damage caused by tropical cyclone “Freddy” to Malawi was huge . Chakwila said: “The tropical cyclone affected 13 regions in Malawi, accounting for almost half of the country. The disaster caused a lot of loss of life and caused loss and damage to urban facilities. We have established temporary camps, but still More food and stronger shelters are needed.”
According to reports, according to statistics, as of March 18 local time, tropical cyclone “Freddy” has killed 438 people in Malawi. Due to the lack of better rescue conditions, local rescuers and families of the victims can only dig in the mud and rubble with bare hands to find the missing.
“This disaster shows that the problem of climate change is real and that we are on the path to warming the climate,” Chakwila said, adding that “the climate crisis has the potential to leave a country like Malawi permanently in Amid poverty, we need everyone’s help and support to alleviate this tragedy.”
According to a previous report by the Associated Press, the World Meteorological Organization stated that the tropical cyclone named “Freddy” formed on February 6 in the Indian Ocean in northwestern Australia and moved nearly 8,000 kilometers across the entire Indian Ocean. and Mozambique, and hit the Mozambican coast again two weeks later before moving inland to Malawi. According to the World Meteorological Organization, “Freddy” is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the southern hemisphere and has the potential to break the record for the longest-lasting tropical cyclone. Scientists say climate change and global warming are fueling the formation of tropical cyclones as the oceans continue to absorb heat from greenhouse gases. When warm ocean water evaporates, the heat is transferred to the atmosphere, creating stronger and more frequent tropical cyclones.