Mozambique’s president Filipe Nyusi speculated that the death toll in his country, currently confirmed at 84, could rise to “more than 1,000”.
A team of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) aid workers reached the devastated city on Sunday to assess, the organization stated that “the cyclone is massive and horrifying. 90% of the area is damaged or destroyed,”
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Comment from IFRC
Following its landfall in Mozambique Cyclone Idai continued west to Zimbabwe as a Tropical Storm, wreaking havoc in several districts in the eastern part of the country, with Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Manicaland Province being the hardest-hit.
At least 31 deaths have been reported and over 100 people are missing in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is the latest country in Southern Africa to be hit by heavy rains and violent winds, after Malawi and Mozambique.
The death toll in the three countries is currently estimated at 150. But this number is likely to change as the full extent of the damage becomes clear. More heavy rain is also anticipated and this may lead to further devastation.