• April 19, 2019

Factbox: Cyclone Idai’s death toll rises to 746, hundreds of thousands displaced

BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) – A whole lot of 1000’s of persons are in want of meals, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

FILE PHOTO: A lady walks previous a small concrete slaughterhouse as waters start to recede within the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, in Buzi close to Beira, Mozambique, March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Picture

As of Saturday, at the very least 746 individuals had been reported killed by the storm, the flooding it induced and heavy rains earlier than it hit. Following is a top level view of the catastrophe, in line with authorities and United Nations officers:


Cyclone Idai landed on the evening of March 14 close to the port metropolis of Beira, bringing heavy winds and rains. Two main rivers, the Buzi and the Pungue, burst their banks, submerging whole villages and leaving our bodies floating within the water.

Folks killed: 501

Folks injured: 1,523

Homes broken or destroyed: 99,317

Crops broken: 669,903 hectares

Folks affected: 1.85 million


On March 16, the storm hit japanese Zimbabwe, the place it flattened houses and flooded communities within the Chimanimani and Chipinge districts.

Folks killed: 185, in line with authorities. The U.N. migration company places the loss of life toll at 259.

Folks injured: 200

Folks displaced: 16,000 households

Folks affected: 250,000


Earlier than it arrived, the storm introduced heavy rains and flooding to the decrease Shire River districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje, in Malawi’s south. The rains continued after the storm hit, compounding the distress of tens of 1000’s of individuals.

Folks killed: 60

Folks injured: 672

Folks displaced: 19,328 households

Folks affected: 868,895

Reporting by Emma Rumney and Stephen Eisenhammer in Beira, Tom Miles in Geneva, MacDonald Dzirutwe in Harare and Frank Phiri in Blantyre; Writing by Alexandra Zavis; Modifying by Catherine Evans


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