Cyclone Idai: At least 89 dead in eastern Zimbabwe [Radio Pakistan] 18 Mar, 2019

In Zimbabwe, at least 89 people have died after Cyclone Idai tore across the eastern and southern parts of the country, creating a humanitarian crisis.The government officials said scale of destruction is only becoming apparent as rescuers reach the most affected areas, near the border with Mozambique.Chimanimani district has been cut off from the rest of the country by torrential rains and winds of up to 170 km per hour that swept away roads, homes and bridges and knocked out power and communication lines.Local officials say the death toll is expected to rise as the government has declared a state of disaster in areas hit by the storm.Meanwhile, the United Nations says more than 150 people have died in weeks of heavy rain and flooding in Mozambique and Malawi, where villages were left underwater.

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