Mozambique Deals With Floods After Recent Tropical Cyclone
01:14, Mar 20, 2019
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Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi said the death toll could go as high as 1,000 from the cyclone and flooding. Unfortunately, they are many people.
Beira is also home to Mozambique's second largest port, which serves as a gateway to landlocked countries in the region.
"The scale of damage". The cyclone knocked out electricity, shut down the airport and cut off access to the city by road.
He said more than 1000 people may have been killed after the cyclone hit the country last week.
"Main roads leading into Beira have been cut off, buildings have been submerged and severely damaged, and all business has been shut down", said the aid agency, adding that "medical activities in Beira hospital, in local health centers, and throughout the community have ceased completely".
"This is shaping up to be one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere, if the report by [Mozambique's] president and other agencies are confirmed, in terms of the causality toll", Clare Nullis from the UN's weather agency said.
Nearly certainly. Emergency responders are struggling to reach parts of the three countries after some roads, bridges and communications networks were washed away or destroyed.
"We have never had something of this magnitude before in Mozambique", said Emma Beaty, coordinator of a grouping of NGOs known as Cosaco.
"Some dams have broken, and others have reached full capacity, they'll very soon open the flood gates", she said.
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The ministry said President Emmerson Mnangagwa was making plans to visit Manicaland today while the leader of the opposition MDC Nelson Chamisa toured some of the affected areas yesterday and made donations of blankets, food and clothing which he said were from the members of his party. At least 31 deaths have been reported and over 100 people are missing in Zimbabwe. "The devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai is yet another wake-up call for the world to put in place ambitious climate change mitigation measures", said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa.
Some roads were swallowed up by massive sinkholes, while bridges were ripped to pieces by flash floods.
Cyclone winds and floods that swept across southeastern Africa affected more than 2.6 million people and could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters recorded in the southern hemisphere, United Nations officials said on Tuesday. All of the household items have been swept away.
Many people had been sleeping in the mountains since Friday, after their homes were flattened by rock falls and mudslides or washed away by torrential rains. He said most infrastructure, including roads and bridges had been washed away in Chimanimani, but the army had cleared some roads allowing aid to reach victims.
A family dig for their son who got buried in the mud when Cyclone Idai struck in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, March, 19, 2019.
Two pupils and a worker at a secondary school in the area were among those killed after a landslide sent a boulder crashing into their dormitory.
Soldiers on Sunday helped rescue the surviving almost 200 pupils, teachers and staff who had been trapped at the school in Chimanimani.
So far, it has dispatched more than five tonnes of emergency provisions to the affected areas. "Thousands of children lived in areas completely engulfed by water".
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