The Department of Disaster Management has said over 225 people have died and many others have been injured following the devastation brought on by Cyclone Freddy
Charles Kalemba Commissioner for DoDMa said they were overwhelmed explaining with the situation as they prepositioned resources in obvious prone districts like Nsanje, and Chikwawa.
"165,000 households and 225 people have died but we are still recovering bodies."
He said Blantyre is the highest affected of the districts but almost every district has been affected.
"We have other places where we can not go as access has been cut."
He said they use helicopters but the weather is hampering efforts to reach those hard to reach areas.
DoDMA said they have enough food to distribute.
"We didn't want people to stay in schools but the situation has been bad.
"We are now mobilising tents to make sure people relocate so that we do not hinder schools opening."
Kalemba emphasised they will engage the councils and Ministry of Lands to have a sustainable resettlement solutions.
Blantyre City South Noel Lipipa expressed shock over the development.
He applauded President Lazarus Chakwera for the prompt response and releasing K1,6 billion in relief funds.