In Malawi two weeks ago, roads turned into rivers, rivers swallowed fields, and a cyclone razed hundreds of thousands of houses to the ground. People clung to termite mounds or huddled in churches as their homes and livelihoods were swept away.
It’s impossible to secure an exact death toll, since countless mortalities will have gone unrecorded in remote rural areas. Estimates hover around 200, although this seems optimistic.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre is full of children weak from a crushed limb or malaria, and blood supplies are so low that doctors themselves are having to Donate.