Cyclone Idai Claims Dozens of Deaths in Southern Africa
In Zimbabwe and Mozambique, at least 50 people died after the passage of cyclone Idai on Friday evening and Saturday morning. It is about the worst hurricane in the region in more than ten years.
In the east of Zimbabwe, at least 31 people were killed in the floods caused by the cyclone. Some 40 people are missing. Houses, streets and fields were flooded.
Emergency services have difficulty reaching the affected region because the water has erased bridges.
In Mozambique, there are at least 19 deaths after the Friday night crossing of Idai. The port city of Beira was almost completely isolated from the rest of the country and had to do without electricity, telephone lines or airport.
The storm is the heaviest in more than ten years in the region. The wind reached speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.
Since the beginning of this week, southern Africa had to cope with heavy rainfall and floods before the tropical storm, killing 66 people in Mozambique and injuring 111 others. More than 50 people were killed in neighbouring Malawi.