Cyclone is feared to have killed more than a THOUSAND people in Mozambique, says country’s president
- Filipe Nyusi said Cyclone Idai had caused mass devastation in the African nation
- The port city of Beira – with 500,000 people – has been cut off by air and road
- Red Cross workers estimate that some 90 per cent of the city has been wrecked
A cyclone in Mozambique may have killed more than 1,000 people, the country’s president has said.
Filipe Nyusi said Cyclone Idai had caused mass devastation and predicted the current death toll of 84 would rise enormously.
Speaking to state radio after flying over the port city of Beira and viewing the flooding and devastation, Nyusi said he saw bodies floating in the flooded areas.
Beira has been severely battered by the cyclone which cut off electricity, forced the airport to shut down and cut off road access to the rest of the country.
The Red Cross said that 90 percent of Beira, a city of 500,000, had been damaged or destroyed.
The charity’s Jamie LeSueur said: ‘Almost everything is destroyed. Communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible.
‘Beira has been severely battered. But we are also hearing that the situation outside the city could be even worse. Yesterday, a large dam burst and cut off the last road to the city.’
Cyclone Idai first hit Beira last week and then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi.
At least 31 deaths have been reported and over 100 people are missing in Zimbabwe, the Red Cross said.
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