BEIRA: A cyclone that ripped across Mozambique and Zimbabwe has killed at least 162 people with scores more missing and caused “massive and horrifying” destruction in the Mozambican city of Beira, authorities and the Red Cross said Monday, reports AFP.
Cyclone Idai tore into the centre of Mozambique on Thursday night before barreling on to neighbouring Zimbabwe, bringing flash floods and ferocious winds, and washing away roads and houses.“The scale of damage caused by cyclone Idai that hit the Mozambican city of Beira is massive and horrifying”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement.
It said 90 percent of the city of some 530,000 people and its surrounding area had been “damaged or destroyed”
“The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous,” the IFRC’s Jamie LeSueur was quoted as saying in the statement.
“Almost everything is destroyed. Communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible,” he said.