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Counting the Cost After a Tropical Storm

Malawi’s president is appealing for international help, saying the country needs about $700 million to rebuild after a storm killed more than 1,000 people in March. President Lazarus Chakwera said this week Malawi has lost $500 million to Tropical Cyclone Freddy. The cyclone, which also affected Mozambique and Madagascar, hit 15 districts in southern Malawi, rendering nearly 700,000 people homeless. “After this emergency period has passed, our experts also estimate that the work of recovery and reconstruction will cost an additional 700 billion Kwacha, funds we do not have, and which are outside our recently passed budget,” he said.