Tropical Storm Freddy: Malawi troops spend the night atop a tree to avoid the storm


In the wake of Tropical Storm Freddy, Malawi troops were forced to spend a night up a tree after their camp was flooded. The troops, part of the South African Defense Force, were stationed in the Chikwawa district in the south of Malawi when the storm hit.

Reports from the area said the troops had to flee their camp when it was flooded by the storm, and were forced to seek shelter in trees. The troops had to stay in the trees for more than 12 hours until the waters subsided.

The storm caused flooding and landslides in the area, and affected more than 200,000 people. At least seven people were killed and dozens more injured.

The Malawi government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas and is sending troops to help with the relief efforts.