At least 15 people have died in Malawi and Mozambique as Cyclone Freddy hit the two countries with torrential rains and strong winds, authorities said on Monday.

Police in Malawi said 11 people died in areas surrounding the southern city of Blantyre, where heavy rains triggered flooding.

Four more people died in Mozambique, local authorities said, as an assessment of the damages was underway after the record-breaking storm made its second landfall in the country on Saturday.