Malawi families hold mass funeral for cyclone victims

STORY: Freddy tore through southern Africa for the second time in a month over the weekend and was still causing heavy rain on Wednesday, hampering relief efforts.

"Sometimes when you just pass by these many caskets, you cannot help but shed tears because, loved ones, one whole family completely wiped out and so many others that have been touched," Chakwera told reporters in Chilobwe township's Naotcha, on the outskirts of Blantyre.

He also called on the international community for support.

Malawi's disaster management department said that the death toll from the storm's second hit had risen to 225 from 190, with 707 injured and 41 missing.

The UN Refugee Agency said in a statement that it was deeply concerned by the devastation and impact of Tropical Cyclone Freddy which affected over 16,000 people across 10 districts in Malawi’s southern region.