Cyclone devastates Mozambique

Cyclone Idai has inflicted extensive destruction to Mozambique this week as aid organizations become overwhelmed with rescue missions amongst the devastation.                                              

While 84 deaths have been confirmed in Mozambique, President Filipe Nyusi said to Radio Mozambique, “Everything indicates that we can register more than 1,000 deaths.” The cyclone has also hit Zimbabwe, killing 98 people, and Malawi.

Communication has been cut off for some, along with destroyed roads, and damaged houses, as nearly 1.5 million people are becoming victim to Cyclone Idai’s high winds and severe downpours.

Central Mozambique’s, hit hardest by the cyclone, flooding has created an “inland ocean” that has stranded much of the population there. Jamie LeSueur, who is leading rescue efforts with Mozambique for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told The New York Times, “What we are now facing is large-scale flooding on top of an area already devastated by the cyclone.”

Donations can be made to Save The Children to help aid the countries struck by hurricane Idai.

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