Over 1,000 feared dead after cyclone slams into Mozambique

More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages as well as leaving bodies floating within the floodwaters, the nation’s president said.

“the idea will be a real disaster of great proportions,” President Filipe Nyusi said.

Cyclone Idai could prove to be the deadliest storm in generations to hit the impoverished southeast African country of 30 million people.

the idea struck Beira, an Indian Ocean port city of a half-million people, late Thursday as well as then moved inland to Zimbabwe as well as Malawi with strong winds as well as heavy rain. yet the idea took days for the scope of the disaster to come into focus in Mozambique, which includes a poor communication as well as transportation network as well as a corrupt as well as inefficient bureaucracy.

Speaking on state Radio Mozambique, Nyusi said in which while the official death toll stood at 84, “the idea appears in which we can register more than 1,000 deaths.”

Emergency officials cautioned in which while they expect the death toll to rise significantly, they have no way of knowing if the idea will reach the president’s estimate.

More than 215 people were killed by the storm within the three countries, including more than 80 in Zimbabwe’s eastern Chimanimani region as well as more than 50 in Malawi, according to official figures. Hundreds more were reported injured as well as missing, as well as nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed in eastern Zimbabwe alone.

Doctors Without Borders said rivers have broken their banks leaving many houses fully submerged as well as around 11,000 households displaced in Nsanje, in southern Malawi.

UN agencies as well as the Red Cross helped rush emergency food as well as medicine by helicopter to the stricken countries.

Mount Chiluvo in central Mozambique was badly hit by flooding. One resident said he heard a loud noise, like an explosion, as well as suddenly saw a river of mud rolling toward his home.

“I was indoors with my children, yet when we looked we saw mud coming down the road towards the houses as well as we fled,” Francisco Carlitos told Lusa, the Portuguese News Agency. The family lost their home as well as possessions yet safely reached higher ground.

The country’s president, who cut short a visit to neighboring Swaziland over the weekend because of the disaster, spoke after flying by helicopter over Beira as well as two rural provinces, where he reported widespread devastation.

“The waters of the Pungue as well as Buzi rivers overflowed, generating whole villages disappear as well as isolating communities, as well as bodies are floating,” Nyusi said.

The United Nation’s humanitarian office said the government issued flood warnings as well as said heavy rains were forecast for the next 24 hours, including in areas already hit hard by Idai.

The Red Cross said 0 percent of Beira was damaged or destroyed. The cyclone knocked out electricity, shut down the airport as well as cut off access to the city by road.

UN officials cited reports in which Beira Central Hospital’s emergency room was flooded as well as without power, as well as in which much of the building’s roof had collapsed. Doctors Without Borders said the idea had completely ceased operations in Beira hospital, local health centers as well as throughout the community.

The destruction in Beira will be “massive as well as horrifying,” said Jamie LeSueur, who led a Red Cross team in which had to assess the damage by helicopter because of the flooded-out roads.

The UN also warned of devastation outside Beira, in particular of livestock as well as crops.

“As This specific damage will be occurring just before the main harvest season, the idea could exacerbate food insecurity within the region,” the UN humanitarian office known as OCHA said.

Mozambique will be a long, narrow country having a 2,400-kilometer (1,500-mile) coastline along the Indian Ocean. the idea will be prone to cyclones as well as tropical storms This specific time of year.

In 2000, Mozambique was hit by severe flooding caused by weeks of heavy rain, a disaster made much worse when a cyclone hit. Approximately 700 people were killed in what was regarded as the worst flooding in 50 years.

Mozambique won independence by Portugal in 1975 as well as then was plagued by a long-running civil war in which ended in 1992. Its economy will be dominated by agriculture, as well as its exports include prawns, cotton, cashews, sugar, coconuts as well as tropical hardwood timber.

More recently the idea has been exporting aluminum as well as electric power, as well as deposits of natural gas were discovered within the country’s north.