Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Dozens of casualties' as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique

'Dozens of casualties' as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique

State broadcaster Radio Mocambique, said "preliminary information points to 19 deaths and more than 70 injured in Sofala province as a result of cyclone Idai".

"The Tropical Cyclone is creating a convergence of air from north-east and air from south-west over the country causing locally heavy rainfall activities over the south and northern areas but isolated rains over central areas of the country due to the sinking air from the Tropical Cyclone, as it weakens but makes its way towards Zimbabwe" says Nkhokwe as quoted in the Nation Newspaper.

In their response, humanitarian agencies want to focus on providing education, health, WASH, food security, protection for the vulnerable who include women and children, and nutrition.

At least 24 people have been killed and dozens are missing in parts of eastern Zimbabwe hit by the peripheral effects of tropical cyclone Idai which lashed neighbouring Mozambique, the government said on Saturday.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a State of Disaster in respect to areas in Manicaland province that were affected by Cyclone Idia, which has claimed 31 lives and displaced 200 people, a lot of them in Chimanimani and Chipinge.

The Mozambican television channel TVM reported that at least five people had been seriously injured.

Heavy downpours in neighbouring Malawi this week have affected nearly a million people and claimed 56 lives there, according to the latest government toll. The cyclone first hit Mozambique with winds up to 106 miles per hour, then moved westward into Zimabwe and Malawi, destroying homes, schools, businesses and police stations.

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Earlier Saturday, Joshua Sacco, an MP in Chimanimani district, told AFP that more than 100 people were missing.

Zimbabwe's information ministry said the town of Chimanimani had been cut from the rest of Manicaland province. "There were people inside", he told the AFP news agency, saying they were listed as missing.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change demanded immediate help for the storm-hit east, warning that a "serious humanitarian crisis" was unfolding there.

"At least 25 houses were swept away following a mudslide at Ngangu township in Chimanimani urban".

He was making the 1,200-kilometre (745-mile) trip from Maputo to Beira by road after flights were cancelled and the airport closed. "Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed", an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) told AFP.

Authorities were forced to close Beira global airport after the air traffic control tower, the navigation systems and the runways were damaged by the storm.

"The runway is full of obstacles and parked aircrafts are damaged".

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