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Death toll may be 1,000 after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique: president

Posted at 11:06 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 11:07:30-04

JOHANNESBURG — Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi says that more than 1,000 may have by killed by Cyclone Idai.

Residents are seen protecting themselves in the aftermath of the passage of the cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, on March 17, 2019. (ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking to state Radio Mozambique, Nyusi said Monday that although the official death count is currently 84, he believes the toll will be more than 1,000.

Nyusi spoke after flying over the port city of Beira and viewing the flooding and devastation. He said he saw bodies floating in the flooded areas.

The Red Cross said that 90 percent of Beira, a city of 500,000, had been damaged or destroyed.

Beira has been severely battered by the cyclone which cut off electricity, forced the airport to shut down and cut off road access to the rest of the country.

Cyclone Idai first hit Beira last week and then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi.