Hundreds Feared Dead In Southern Africa
More than 150 people are thought to have been killed in the three countries, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said on Monday, warning that the death toll may rise following a complete assessment of the destruction.
Cyclone Idai has caused “massive and horrifying” damage in the Central Mozambican city of Beira — which has now been cut off from the rest of the country — the IFRC said in a statement.
“The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 percent of the area is completely destroyed,” said Jamie LeSueur, who is leading IFRC’s assessment team in the city.
“Almost everything is destroyed. Communication lines have been completely cut, and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible,” LeSueur, who is heading the organization’s investigations into the damage, said in a statement.
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a state of disaster in affected areas, the country’s Information Ministry said.
More than 80 people have died, and dozens are still missing in the wake of the tropical cyclone which triggered floods and rains sweeping away hundreds of homes in the eastern and western parts of Zimbabwe, authorities said.
On Monday, the ministry shared pictures of some pupils rescued from a boarding school in Chimanimani district, one of the worst-affected areas in the east of the country. Bridges were swept away, and power and communication lines cut off in the area.
— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) March 18, 2019