Cyclone Idai creates inland sea in Mozambique, extensive flood damage

Cyclone Idai creates inland sea in Mozambique, extensive flood damage

- Floods caused by Cylone Idai have created an inland sea in Mozambique

- The cyclone has also caused extensive damage to property

- Aid organisations have begun rescue operations, but it will still take days for the floowaters to drain away

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The damage left behind by Cyclone Idai makes it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the history of southern Africa.

The cyclone struck Mozambique and Zimbabwe last week.

In its wake, the cyclone has left extensive property damage and major flooding.

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Mozambique has been particularly hard hit by the floods. Floodwaters have destroyed numerous homes and have created a 50km inland sea in an area that was previously made up of farmland, according to City Press.

Rains have begun to let up since the cyclone hit, and aid orgainsations have started sending in rescue workers to help those affected. 

Almost a thousand people were rescued yesterday in Mozambique alone. Additionally, aid organisations are now trying to bring people food and drinking water.

Experts warn, however, that it will take days until the floodwaters drain away. Only when this happens will the full extent of the cyclone's damage be known.

Similarly, Zimbabwe has been struggling as a result of the cyclone, with some 350 people estimated to have lost their lives.

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Although South Africa was not struck by Idai, South Africans have still felt its affects. According to Eskom, the cyclone caused damage to energy sources in Mozambique, which have contributed to the recent bout of load-shedding that has swept the nation.

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