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Cyclone Idai: DEADLY Cyclone Idai strikes central Mozambique - How many have died?

17 March 2019, 09:41 | Devin Moran

Mozambique cyclone kills dozens, cuts power to SA

'Dozens of casualties' as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique

Local officials in Mozambique said that heavy rains earlier in the week, before the cyclone struck, had already claimed another 66 lives, injured scores and displaced 17,000 people.

At least 43 people died in central Mozambique and Zimbabwe after a tropical cyclone tore through the southern African nations, knocking out electricity and phone networks and cutting power to South Africa from a hydropower dam.

The cyclone that has been tearing across Mozambique this past week, Cyclone Idai, has now hit parts of Zimbabwe and is causing further destruction. "There were people inside", he told AFP, saying they were listed as missing.

Zimbabwe's ministry of information has been posting updates on social media and has announced that the country's national army was leading rescue efforts in the affected areas.

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Jacob Mafume tweeted that a "serious humanitarian crisis (is) unfolding" in eastern Zimbabwe districts.

They also affected neighbouring Malawi, where 56 people died, the government said.

Among the casualties were two pupils and a security officer from St Charles Lwanga High School, and 10 victims from Ngangu Township in Chimanimani, which was the most affected.

The storm hit Beira late on Thursday and moved westwards into Zimbabwe and Malawi, affecting thousands more, particularly in eastern areas bordering Mozambique.

"We need state intervention on a massive scale to avoid biblical disaster", he said.




The cyclone hit Mozambique with winds of up to 177km/h (106 mph).

"The situation is now dire and we are calling for emergency both locally and internationally", said Madiro, who is also the Zanu-PF provincial chairperson for Manicaland.

As the cyclone approached, the Red Cross sent out more than 200 volunteers to areas most likely to be affected.

Hundreds were left stranded at Mozambique's Maputo International Airport when the country's national airline carrier LAM canceled all of its lights to Beira and Quelimane on Wednesday.

An official at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of Mozambique told AFP on Friday "there is extreme havoc".

Power utility Eskom on Saturday bumped up rotational load shedding from Stage 2 to Stage 4 due to a shortage of capacity exacerbated by the loss of 900 MW from Mozambique Fin24 reported.

Beira's worldwide airport was closed after the cyclone made landfall, damaging the air traffic control tower, the navigation systems and the runways.

"The runway is full of obstacles and parked aircrafts are damaged".



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