At least 31 people were killed and many are missing in parts of eastern Zimbabwe after the tropical cyclist Idai hit the neighboring country of Mozambique and Malawi, the government said.
Cyclone Idai affects more than 1.5 million people in the three countries of southern Africa, according to the UN and government officials.
Houses, schools, businesses, hospitals and police stations were destroyed.
Saturday's Zimbabwe Information Ministry said that from Chimanimani East, especially two students, the deaths were mainly, and at least another 40 people were injured.
He also said that Zimbabwe's national army was in charge of rescue efforts to take students back from a damaged school and others were caught in the storm.
A group of people, who fled from their homes, "marooned" on top of a mountain was waiting to be rescued, but strong winds were disrupting helicopter flights, said the ministry
Joshua Sacco, a member of parliament in the Chimanimani district, said at least] 25 houses were swept away after a slide at Ngangu town.
"There were people inside there," he told AFP news agency. "The information we have so far is that over 1
In a Twitter post, Jacob Mafume, a spokesman for gave the main opposition group on Democratic Change in Zimbabwe warning him of a "serious humanitarian crisis" that emerged in eastern Zimbabwe.
Serious humanitarian crisis occurring in chimanimani sticks most of our structures are falling down. There is a need for a large-scale state intervention to avoid a biblical disaster, houses being washed away @daddyhop @kwirirayi @nelsonchamisa @mdczimbabwe pic.twitter.com/ QSVEe7yiG7
– MDC spokesperson (@JMafume) March 16, 2019
In Mozambique, where Idai landed on Thursday, at least 19 people died and about 70 people were injured. . The striking storm with wind gusts of about 160 kilometers per hour, creating sea waves up to nine meters high.
Luis Fonseca, journalist at Lusa News Agency, told Al Jazeera that the cyclone is expected to spread on Saturday in Mozambique
"The problem now is that all the rivers are likely to fall off." surrounding areas, and that this will provide more damage to all these families who have lost their homes in [already]. "
"Now there is a risk of losing the harvest and the lack of food safety is the next major danger in this area," explains Fonseca
Local officials in Mozambique said that heavy rain earlier this week , before hitting the cyclone, the local authority claimed the international airport in Beira port city after the air traffic control towers, the navigation systems and the passing
said an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of Mozambique with Friday AFP "is very havoc". , the control tower animals and the control tower itself have been damaged. [
"The runway is full of obstacles and has parked damaged aircraft." according to the latest toll from the government
South African military launched aircraft and 10 medical personnel to help them in Mozambique and Malawi, which he said in a statement on Saturday. ] SOURCE:
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