Cyclone Freddy made landfall in Malawi on 12 March 2023, severely damaging the Southern region. A rapid assessment report by the Malawi Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) indicates that as of 15th March 2023, 225 people have died, 707 are injured, 41 are reported missing and 19,676 (approximately 88,312) households have been displaced.
On 13 March,2023, His Excellency the President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera declared a state of disaster in 10 districts of the Southern region and appealed for local and international urgent assistance for all the families affected by the disaster.
In view of the declaration of the State of Disaster and the Government’s appeal for relief assistance for victims of Cyclone Freddy, the Embassy of Malawi in Japan has reached out to various organizations and individuals in the quest of mobilizing relief support to alleviate the suffering of the affected households.
The Embassy is also coordinating contributions from the Malawi Diaspora in Japan and countries accredited to the Malawi Mission.
In the previous occurrence of cyclone Ana and Gombe and the Cholera outbreak, various organizations in Japan, such as Ota and Minato City, the NEEM Association, Red Cross Japan rendered material and financial support amounting to K820 Million.