1000 dead in Mozambique floods:

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March 21, 2019
MAPUTO: The catastrophe wreaked by tropical cyclone Idai has been very huge across the region of Mozambique. President Filipe Nyusi has said that more than 1000 people have died in floods and cyclone in the past few days in Mozambique alone. Casualties have been heavy, numbering into hundreds, in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Hundreds were swept away by floodwaters down a mountainside in Zimbabwe. Malawi also reported hundreds of deaths.

Idai barreled onshore north of Beira, Mozambique, late last week with its strength equivalent to a Category 3 major hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans, according to AccuWeather.

Continuing heavy rain is hampering rescue and relief operations in marooned areas. Landslides have also been reported from many areas. Floodwaters have started receding in Beira town in Mozambique but the situation will remain grim for several days.

The number of people affected by the cyclone may be around two million. Around 65,000 have been rescued so far. Many people were found clinging onto trees or trapped on rooftops. About one lakh people were displaced in Malawi. The Beira city has almost been destroyed. The city may face acute drinking water shortage.

A UN official described that "an inland ocean" was formed in central Mozambique as rivers overflowed their banks around Lake Urema.

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