Flooding, cyclone cause widespread damage across Southern Africa

Cyclone Idai has left a trail of destruction in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi – with the overall death toll rising to 215.

Hundreds of people are missing, while more than 1.5 million people have been affected across the three Southern African countries.

At least 126 people were killed in Mozambique and Malawi. As on Monday, Zimbabwe’s information ministry put the number of dead at 89 in the country.

Most of the deaths in Mozambique happened in the central port city of Beira, 90 percent of which was destroyed, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi feared the death toll could rise to 1,000 in the country.

In Zimbabwe, the cyclone tore through the eastern and southern parts, creating a humanitarian crisis. The Chimanimani district has been cut off from the rest of the country by torrential rains and winds that swept away roads and bridges knocking out power and communication lines.

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