It left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands who are cut off from roads and telephones in mainly poor, rural areas, in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Eastern Zimbabwe reported 400 millimetres of rain over 24 hours but more was estimated to come. Homes, schools, businesses, hospitals and police stations have been destroyed by the cyclone. Roads and bridges were swept away. Hardest hit is Mozambique’s central port city of Beira where the airport is closed, electricity is out and many homes have been destroyed.
U.N. agencies and the Red Cross are helping with rescue efforts that include delivering food supplies and medicines by helicopter in the impoverished southern African countries. Many deaths in Zimbabwe were in Chimanimani, a mountainous area along the eastern border with Mozambique that is popular with tourists. A member of parliament in Chimanimani district said at least 25 homes were swept away with people inside following a mudslide at Ngangu township. The country’s national army was leading the rescue efforts. No tourist deaths were recorded, said government spokesman Nick Mangwana. In Malawi, people “are now facing a second threat of flash floods” following the cyclone, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on Twitter. The death toll was expected to riseThe death toll was expected to rise.
The death toll in Mozambique from Cyclone Idai could reach 1,000, President Filipe Nyusi has said LATER