Mozambique says Cyclone Idai death toll may exceed 1000

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi. Photo: CNBC Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday said Cyclone Idai has left some parts of the country without drinking water, communications and it has affected the normal functioning of hospitals, schools and other public and private institutions.

Nyusi also underlined that the death toll from Tropical cyclone could exceed 1000.

According to media reports, more than 84 deaths have officially been recorded since the landfall of Idai on Thursday night, which brought torrential rains and devastating winds.

“Everything indicates that we may register more than 1000 deaths,” said Nyusi, in his speech addressed to the nation, after flying over the disaster-hit areas to conduct an inspection on Sunday.

“The water of the Pungue and Buzi rivers overflowed, making villages disappear and isolating communities. Bodies are floating. It is a real humanitarian disaster with great proportions.”

He added that the government’s concern and priority were to save people’s lives without excuses.

Meanwhile, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) recently joined their Mozambican counterparts on the ground to help with the searches and air resources including helicopters and airplanes.

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