Freddy has claimed at least 53 lives in Mozambique’s Zambezia province alone, authorities said Wednesday. This number is more than double their previous estimate.
Malawi has confirmed 225 deaths so far. Hundreds injured, many still missing.
The tropical storm killed another 27 people in Madagascar and Mozambique before making a second landfall in Mozambique.
Incessant rains and power outages are also hampering rescue and relief operations.
The storm caused severe flooding in many areas. Numerous roads have been washed away, bodies and houses buried under the ground.