Cyclone Idai has hit Zimbabwe and caused as many as 64 deaths in the country. The cyclone arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday after it affected 1.5 million in Mozambique and Malawi.
The International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement on Saturday that at least 126 people had died in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after a week of heavy rains and flooding. In Zimbabwe, the country’s information ministry put the death toll from flooding at 31.
As per media report, as on Sunday, hundreds remained missing and thousands of people were cut from roads and communication lines.
Zimbabwe’s government has declared the torrential storm a disaster and dispatched members of the military and national youth service to help evacuate stranded villagers.
Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi and Zimbabwean Presdident, Emmerson Mnangagwa, cut short trips abroad to deal with the effects of the powerful cyclone.