The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, today sent a message of condolence to his counterpart in Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, for the loss of life and destruction of infrastructure caused by the passage of Tropical Cyclone Freddy.
In the message, the head of state says it was with deep sadness that he learned of the loss of more than 200 lives and the destruction of much social and economic infrastructure following torrential rains caused by the cyclone, which also hit Mozambique twice, again leaving a trail of death and destruction.
“At this tragic moment, on behalf of the People, the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and myself, I would like to express heartfelt condolences to you and the Malawian People. We share the pain of their compatriots, and we convey sympathy and solidarity, asking that the souls of the perished rest in peace,” the president’s message reads.
For Nyusi, the disaster is a reminder that climate change and extreme weather events are the new reality for both countries, hence the need to strengthen cooperation and make preventative, mitigation and adaptation measures intrinsic to development plans.
“While I remain available to continue working in concert with Your Excellency in our efforts to better manage the risks of natural disasters, please accept, Mr President and dear brother, the assurances of my highest consideration and personal esteem,” the Mozambican statesman concluded.