More Than 100 People Died After Typhoons Hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Conditions in the Zimbabwe region after being hit by Typhoon Idai, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (Photo: doc. My Zimbabwe)

Chimanimani, MINA – More than 100 people died and many more were lost in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe on Sunday, after tropical cyclone Idai crossed southern African countries with flash floods and strong winds.

Authorities in Zimbabwe said the number of victims there had risen to 65 in the eastern part of the country. While the Mozambican government said 48 people died in the affected central areas, when the typhoon ripped through the region on Friday and Saturday.

A member of parliament for the Chimanimani district of Zimbabwe, the most severe part of the country gave an updated number of victims. The house and bridge were washed away by flash floods.

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The most affected area have not yet been accessed, while strong winds and heavy clouds have hampered military rescue helicopter flights.

“We see as 150 to 200 people are missing,” said Joshua Sacco, a member of parliament for Chimanimani,  Press TV reported.

In neighboring Mozambique, where the typhoon hit first on Thursday night, state-run newspaper Jornal Domingo reported that 48 people died in the most severe central Sofala province. (T/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)