UK Search experts rescue 123

UK International search and rescue team in Malawi

Barely two days in the country, a total of 123 people have been successfully rescued, courtesy of the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue team (UK ISAR).

The advance party jetted in Malawi on 17th March followed by the major team which arrived on 18th March 2023.

According to a tweet on UK in Malawi page, those rescued include 16 babies, 62 children and 45 adults who have been stranded and without water or food for five days.

The team has been working in partnership with Tanzanian helicopters and UKISAR equipment.

The UK search and rescue mission captured in Bangula

They were transported to Bangula in Nsanje to boost support towards Cyclone Freddy response.

Among others the experts will be supporting Malawian counterparts; bringing lightweight, nimble boats and a drone team to help in the search for survivors of the floods and the boats they brought will be gifted to the Malawi Government for future emergency use when the UK ISAR team departs.

In a related development, on Sunday His Majesty King Charles sent a condolence message to President Lazarus Chakwera and the people of Malawi offering his thoughts and special prayers to everyone affected by what he described as an appalling natural disaster.

“I can only begin to imagine the scale of suffering and loss as a result of these dreadful tragedies and I particularly wanted to convey our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the families of all those who have lost their loved ones.

The UK and Tanzania teams have combined efforts in the rescue mission. Pics courtesy of UK in Malawi Twitter page 

“I do hope the UK assistance we are providing will help Malawi through this difficult time.

”Our thoughts and special prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this appalling natural disaster, whether through injury or the destruction of their property, and also with the emergency services and those assisting in the rescue efforts,” read the letter to President Chakwera.

Cyclone Freddy’s death toll has now shot to 476 with 349 missing and 918 injured.