Lilongwe, 16 March, 2023 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has expressed his prayerful solidarity with the people of God in Malawi following the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which has reportedly claimed the lives of at least “400 people in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar since it first made landfall in Africa”, according to Reuters.
“At least 53 people have died in Mozambique and 326 in Malawi since the weekend, according to government figures. The storm had already killed about 27 people in Madagascar and Mozambique before it lashed Mozambique a second time,” Reuters has reported Thursday, March 16.
The cyclone that first hit Malawi on March 12 is also responsible for the displacement of at least 88,000 people in the Southern African nation.
"I am close to the people of Malawi who have been hit, in recent days, by a very strong cyclone," Pope Francis said Wednesday, March 15, during his General Audience.
“I pray for the deceased, the injured, the displaced,” the Holy Father said, and added, “May the Lord support the families and communities most tried by this calamity.”