Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe, at least 24 people dead

'Dozens of casualties' as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique

Cyclone Idai was bringing more floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi where scores of people have already been killed and tens of thousands displaced by floods over the past few weeks.

"The information we have so far is that over 100 people are missing and some of them" may have died, Joshua Sacco, a member of parliament in Chimanimani district, told AFP. A ministry tweet said at least 40 other people were still missing.

"At least 25 houses were swept away following a mudslide at Ngangu township in Chimanimani urban". There were people inside.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change called for immediate help for the storm-hit east, warning that a "serious humanitarian crisis" was unfolding there.

"We need state intervention on a massive scale to avoid biblical disaster", he said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a State of Disaster in respect to areas in Manicaland province that were affected by Cyclone Idia, which has claimed 31 lives and displaced 200 people, majority in Chimanimani and Chipinge.

Zimbabwe's ministry of information has been posting updates on social media and has announced that the country's national army was leading rescue efforts in the affected areas.

The rain also affected neighboring Malawi, where 56 people died, the government said.

One school has been shut in the area and students were waiting to be airlifted to safety.

She said the cyclone which is likely to make land fall in Zambia from 15th - 20th March 2019, will be characterised by high velocity winds, heavy rainfall storms may result in flash and localized floods and debris.

This was revealed by Acting President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga when he sent a message of condolences to the affected families following the cyclone disaster that has so far claimed 31 lives and left over 100 unaccounted for.

Hardest hit is Mozambique's central port city of Beira where the airport is closed, electricity is out and many homes have been destroyed.

"The runway is full of obstacles and parked aircraft are damaged".

The storm also affected power supplies to neighbouring South Africa which imports electricity from Mozambique to supplement its own production.

Power utility Eskom on Saturday bumped up rotational load shedding from Stage 2 to Stage 4 due to a shortage of capacity exacerbated by the loss of 900 MW from Mozambique Fin24 reported.

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