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Cyclone Idai Displaces 1.5 Million: Death Toll Rises to 150

The deadly storm Cyclone Idai has affected a total of 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries- Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in consequences the death toll stood upto 150 people on Sunday and more than hundreds are missing after that the cyclone has moved towards Zimbabwe.

According to the United Nations and government officials the storm has destroyed roads, bridges, homes and cuts off telephones in mainly poor, rural areas including tens of thousands displaced.

“We will certainly end with a higher toll,” saying this Celso Correia, Mozambique’s environment Minister added “I think this is the biggest natural disaster Mozambique has ever faced. Everything is destroyed. Our priority now is to save human lives.”

The typhoon made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday, with winds of up to 177km/h. It cut off in excess of 500,000 occupants in the port city of Beira, one the nation’s biggest urban communities. Streets were overflowed and the air terminal was closed down.

In the Mozambique centre of the country the toll had risen to 62 and 65 people were killed in affected eastern areas after the Cyclone tore across the region on Friday and Saturday.

“So far we looking at 65 people that have lost their lives,” said Joshua Sacco and added “150 to 200 people are missing.”

“We are very worried because all these houses were just suddenly submerged under water and literally washed away and that is where we have about 147 missing, It’s very sad and the situation is dire.”

“The damage was very worrisome and that the flooding made it difficult for aircraft to land and carry out rescue operations, according to the country’s state-run radio,” said Filipe Nyusi, president of Mozambique.
In Zimbabwe, an additional 65 people were confirmed dead on Sunday, according to government officials.

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