Former President of the United Democratic Front (UDF) Party Atupele Muluzi has commended Malawi president, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera for facing the Members of Parliament (MPs) to provide his response to the effects of Cyclone Freddy that ripped though the southern region of the country.
“I commend H.E President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera for addressing Parliament yesterday on his administration’s response to the impact of the cyclone. Today he caucuses with former Presidents. This is progressive and worth congratulating,” Mhluzi wrote on his Facebook wall.
Nearly 508,250 people have been displaced and at least 507 killed (as of 2023 March) by the flooding following Tropical Cyclone Freddy, as it made landfall in Malawi, leaving a trail of destruction on livelihoods, houses and infrastructure in its wake.
Since 12 March ,2023, heavy rains, strong winds, and floods attributed to the cyclone have had a devastating toll on the people across 14 districts – nearly half the country – with at least 1,300 people injured and 427 missing, according to authorities.
Those affected are in dire need of urgent humanitarian support with the most immediate needs being shelter, food, clean water, sanitation and hygiene, health, and protection.