Lilongwe, 18 March, 2023 / 11:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola in Zambia is appealing for donations among the people of God in his Episcopal See in view of reaching out to those affected by the Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Malawi where at least 300 people have lost their lives.
“In solidarity with the people of Malawi, I, now make this appeal that you make donations in the form of money and material support like clothes, shoes, beddings, mealie meal, and other usable items,” Bishop Benjamin Phiri says in his Friday, March 17 statement.
Bishop Phiri provides the timeframe of the appeal, saying the donations, “should be done on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, 19th March and what will be collected should be brought to the Diocesan Pastoral Offices on Monday, 20th March 2023.”
The Southern African nation of Malawi has been most affected by the tropical storm that has been described as the longest-lived cyclone on record.
The cyclone has claimed the lives of at least “400 people in Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar since it first made landfall in Africa”, according to Reuters.