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Cyclone Idai: More than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique storm

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19th March, 2019 08:16:29 printer

Cyclone Idai: More than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique storm

 

The death toll in Mozambique from Cyclone Idai could be as high as 1,000, President Filipe Nyusi has said.

 

The storm made landfall near the port city of Beira on Thursday with winds of up to 177 km/h (106 mph), but aid teams only reached the city on Sunday.

 

A UN aid worker told the BBC that every building in Beira - home to half a million people - had been damaged.

 

Gerald Bourke, from the UN's World Food Programme, said: "No building is untouched. There is no power. There is no telecommunications. The streets are littered with fallen electricity lines.

 

"The roofs on so many houses have fallen in, likewise the walls. A lot of people in the city have lost their homes."

 

The official death toll in Mozambique stands at 84 following flooding and high winds. The cyclone has killed at least 180 people across southern Africa.

 

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) described the damage as "massive and horrifying".

 

People have had to be rescued from trees, Jamie LeSeur, the head of the IFRC assessment team, told the BBC.

 

In Zimbabwe, at least 98 people have died and 217 people are missing in the east and south, the government said.

 

The death told included two pupils from the St Charles Lwanga boarding school in the district of Chimanimani, who died after their dormitory was hit when rocks swept down a mountain.

 

Malawi was also badly hit. The flooding there, caused by the rains before the cyclone made landfall, led to at least 122 deaths, Reliefweb reports.

 

The UK government said it would provide humanitarian aid worth £6m ($8m) to Mozambique and Malawi. It also said it would send tents and thousands of shelter kits to Mozambique.

 

How bad is the damage in Beira?

 

Most of those known to have died so far were killed around Beira, the country's fourth largest city with a population of about 500,000, authorities there said.

 

More than 1,500 people were injured by falling trees and debris from buildings including zinc roofing.


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