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Storm Freddy kills 190 on return to Mozambique, Malawi (UPDATE)

Branches of trees sway as cyclone Freddy hits,
© UNICEF Mozambique
Branches of trees sway as cyclone Freddy hits, in Quelimane, Zambezia, Mozambique, March 12, 2023, in this screen grab taken from a handout video.
Mozambique and Malawi on Monday were counting the cost of Tropical Storm Freddy, which killed more than 100 people, injured scores and left a trail of destruction as it ripped through southern Africa for the second time in a month over the weekend.

Freddy is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the southern hemisphere and could be the longest-lasting tropical cyclone, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

It pummelled central Mozambique on Saturday, ripping roofs off buildings and bringing widespread flooding around the port of Quelimane, before moving inland towards Malawi with torrential rains that caused landslides.

Comment: Update March 15

Floodlist reports:
Malawi - 190 Dead, 37 Missing After Floods, Mudslides and Strong Winds From Cyclone Freddy

As many as 190 people have now died in Malawi as a result of floods, mudslides and strong winds brought by Tropical Cyclone Freddy. Meanwhile the search for 37 people still missing continues. Over 4,000 people have been displaced from their homes.

In an update of 14 March, Malawi's Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) said it has received rapid assessment reports on flooding, mudslides and strong winds damages from 12 affected councils namely; Blantyre City, Blantyre District, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mulanje, Neno, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Zomba City and Zomba District.

A total of 13, 099 households (approximately 58,946 people) have been affected, out of which 4,305 (approximately 19,371 people) have been displaced. Fifty-seven camps have been set up to accommodate those displaced. The department, humanitarian partners and local councils are continuing to provide relief assistance to affected and displaced households.

DoDMA confirmed a steep rise in the number of fatalities from 99 as reported on 13 March, to 190 as of 14 March. Almost 600 people have been injured and 37 people are still missing.

Search and rescue operations led by the Malawi Defence Force, the Malawi Police Service, the Department of Marine, the Malawi Red Cross Society and communities are ongoing.

POn 14 March the Minister of Local Government, Chimwendo Richard William Banda, the Minister of Finance, Sosten Gwengwe and the Minister of Defence, Harry Mkandawire, visited Mulanje District to observe search and rescue operations being led by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Freddy-induced heavy rains and floods.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 2 football players in western Kenya

Local media reports say two football players died after being struck by lightning while playing a match in Kisii county in western Kenya.

Two other players were taken to the hospital for emergency treatment after they got injuries during the tournament over the weekend.

A football federation official (Evans Akang'a - chairman of the Kitutu Chache North Football Kenya Federation) was quoted by the Daily Nation saying the teams were playing a friendly match when it started raining.

Akang'a said, "it is quite unfortunate that they lost their lives while playing a game that they loved most.

As federation officials, we send our condolences to the affected families." Akang'a urged the authorities to install lightning arrestors on public buildings including schools and churches to reduce the occurrence of such incidents.


Australian town engulfed by record-breaking flood

Burketown Submerged as Queensland

Burketown submerged as Queensland hit with 'unprecedented' flooding
The flood, triggered by heavy rain over the past week, is worst in the remote Gulf of Carpentaria town of Burketown, about 1,300 miles northwest of state capital Brisbane.

Dan McKinlay, chief executive of the local council responsible for Burketown, said on Sunday that 97 residents had been airlifted out in the past 48 hours.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology predicted water levels in the area would peak on Sunday. It said the flood had already topped a March 2011 record of 22.2 feet.

The crisis comes after frequent flooding in Australia's east over the last two years due to a multi-year La Nina weather event, including once-in-a-century floods that hit remote areas in the neighboring Northern Territory, in January.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 4, injures 3 in Namibia

Three people reportedly died after being struck by lightning while they were watching football on Saturday afternoon at Ntara village, Kavango West region.

Two days earlier, a teenager was also struck dead at the Ncamagoro village in the same region.

"The incident at Ntara village occurred at around 17h00 when five people were standing watching soccer at Ntara sports field when they were struck by lighting. Two of the victims survived, while three others died on the spot," said Kavango West regional police commander Julia Sakuwa-Neo.

The deceased persons in the Ntara incident were identified as 43-year-old Maseka Joseph Kasinga, Haingura Paula Mbunze (16) and her 11-month-old daughter Lontine Ndambu, whom she was carrying on her back at the time of the incident.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills father, two sons in Uganda

Residents of Rwamuyoora village in Rubanda district, western Uganda were on Sunday afternoon gripped with fear and shock after lightning killed three people: A father and his two sons.

The incident happened during an afternoon downpour at Rwamuyora cell, Nyarurambi parish, Muko sub-county.

According to a statement released by Kigezi region police spokesperson Elly Maate, the incident occurred at about 2:00 pm on Sunday as Ambrose Kanunu, 35, was in the main house with his two sons identified as Justus Asiimwe, 7 and Arnold Habomugisha, 5.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods due to fresh storm in California, evacuations as Pajaro River overflows

The Pajaro River’s levee was breached by flooding from another atmospheric river that pummeled California.

The Pajaro River’s levee was breached by flooding from another atmospheric river that pummeled California.
Extreme conditions continue to haunt the American state of California.

A fresh storm has hit the Western coastal state and raging flood waters have prompted fresh evacuations orders in the U.S. state.

The Pajaro river in the state overflowed due to heavy rain and several people living nearby had to be transported to shelter.

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Peru: Six dead as powerful cyclone causes major flooding

Military assist with evacuations after floods in Lambayeque Department, Peru, 09 March 2023.
© Mindef Peru
Military assist with evacuations after floods in Lambayeque Department, Peru, 09 March 2023.
At least six people have died in Peru as a powerful cyclone unleashed torrential rains, battering hundreds of homes and causing major disruptions in northern areas.

The government has declared a state of emergency as it seeks to bring relief to regions including Lambayeque, Piura and Tumbes hit by the cyclone known as Yaku.

The National Institute of Civil Defense early on Friday said flooding caused by Yaku had claimed six lives.

"Cyclone Yaku is a very unusual phenomenon causing intensifying rains in the north," said the director of civil defence, César Sierra.

Later, the institute said 58 people had been killed since the start of the rainy season.

President Dina Boluarte visited parts of northern Peru on Saturday as the government delivered humanitarian aid to areas badly hit by the cyclone.


Villagers record 'almost apocalyptic tornado' in central France

A tornado hits the Creuse

A tornado hits Pontarion
A tornado swept through a village in Creuse, central France, on Thursday (March 9), causing damage to infrastructure and buildings.

The violent weather left a number of houses in Pontarion with roofs and windows, while telephone lines were also damaged.

Despite the damage from the tornado, no one was injured in the village, confirmed its mayor on Friday (March 10).

The tornado was caused by the strong winds that led to weather warnings across France, with some regions seeing winds of up to 100km/h.

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Mozambique: 117 dead in storms and floods - Cyclone Freddy dropped nearly 3 FEET of rain in 24 hours - returns to hit country again

Cyclone Freddy

Cyclone Freddy
The storms and floods that have hit Mozambique since February have taken the lives of 117 people, according to Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane.

Giving information on the floods on Wednesday to the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, Maleiane said that, up to 5 March, 272,000 people had been affected.

Cyclone Freddy was responsible for much of the damage. When it hit parts of the southern provinces of Inhambane and Gaza in late February, it dropped between 300 and 900 millimetres of rain in 24 hours.

Instead of dissipating, this cyclone has returned to the Mozambique Channel and is now heading northwards towards Zambezia province, where it is expected to make landfall on Friday.

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Brazil - 1 dead, homes and roads damaged after floods in Rio Grande Do Sul

Floods in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, March 2023.
© Luciano Boeira / Defesa Civil
Floods in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, March 2023.
Severe flooding struck in northern parts of Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil after heavy rain that began around 05 March 2023.

The hardest hit municipalities were Maquiné, Três Forquilhas, Três Cachoeiras, Itati, Terra de Areia, Dom Pedro de Alcântara and Morrinhos do Sul. One person died after a vehicle was swept away by the flooding of the Três Forquilhas river in Terra de Areia.

Homes, roads and bridges were damaged or destroyed. Classes have been suspended. The Civil Defence has been operating in the region since 06 March in support of residents and to carry out full damage assessments. Civil Defence has distributed relief supplies such as clothing, food and hygiene items.