Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi has said that the number of deaths from Cyclone Idai may rise to over 1 000. This places the potential death toll far higher than the current 84 reported deaths. Rescue efforts have been hindered by high water levels.
Cyclone Idai and the preceding floods appear set to raise the death toll from 84 to over 1 000, according to President Filipe Nyusi.
The Mozambican president confirmed that he had flown over the affected areas where two rivers had overflown. Nyusi says that entire villages have disappeared and bodies could be seen floating in the water.
Caroline Haga, a senior Red Cross official in Beira, said that the situation may be far worse in surrounding area where houses had not been as sturdy, but these remain cut off from rescue efforts.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the cyclone had also taken 89 lives in Zimbabwe according to the latest news from officials. Malawi has reported 56 fatalities from heavy rains and flooding.
According to eNCA, Beira is the fourth-largest city in Mozambique and home to half a million people. A large dam burst in the fallout from the cyclone has also complicated already-strained rescue efforts.
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Yesterday saw rescuers launching small boats into chest-high water in attempts to navigate reeds and trees and, ultimately, rescue those trapped by the floods.
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