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Over 100 dead, 200 missing as cyclone hits Mozambique, Zimbabwe

By SnrMgr at 2019-03-19 • 0 collector • 22 pageviews

More than 100 people have died and many more are missing in Mozambique and neighbouring Zimbabwe on Sunday after tropical cyclone Idai barrelled across the southern African nations with flash floods and ferocious winds.

Authorities in Zimbabwe said the toll there had risen to 65 in the east of the country, while Mozambique said 48 people were killed in affected central areas, after the cyclone tore across the region on Friday and Saturday.

A member of parliament for Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani district — the worst hit part of the country — gave the updated toll and added that scores remain missing, after houses and bridges were washed away by flash floods when the storm slammed the area.

The most affected areas are not yet accessible, while high winds and dense clouds have hampered military rescue helicopter flights.

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