Death toll in Mozambique cyclone, flooding rises above 200

Cyclone Idai tore through Mozambique and inland neighbors Malawi and Zimbabwe after making landfall last week


Reuters March 20, 2019
People on a roof surrounded by flooding in an area affected by Cyclone Idai in Beira. PHOTO: AFP

MAPUTO: The number of people killed after a powerful cyclone and flooding hit Mozambique has risen to above 200, President Filipe Nyusi said on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting on the disaster.

Cyclone Idai tore through Mozambique and inland neighbors Malawi and Zimbabwe after making landfall last week, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The number of people confirmed dead in Mozambique previously stood at 84.

More than a thousand people are feared to have died in a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique last week, while scores were killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

More than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique storm

The city of Beira in central Mozambique bore Cyclone Idai’s full wrath on Thursday before the storm barrelled on to neighbouring Zimbabwe, unleashing fierce winds and flash floods and washing away roads and houses.

“For the moment we have registered 84 deaths officially, but when we flew over the area… this morning to understand what’s going on, everything indicates that we could register more than 1,000 deaths,” Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in a nationwide address

“This is a real humanitarian disaster,” he said. “More than 100,0.00 people are in danger”.

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