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Cyclone Idai leaves a trail of destruction in Chimanimani district

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 19, 2019 15:27

Cyclone Idai leaves a trail of destruction in Chimanimani district

Cyclone Idai killed at least 157 people in Zimbabwe and Mozambique as it tore across Southern Africa, and vast areas of land have been flooded, roads destroyed and communications disrupted.

Zimbabwe’s 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.

Zimbabwean information ministry official Nick Mangwana told Reuters the number of confirmed deaths throughout the country was now 89.

The body count is expected to rise.

Zimbabwean rescuers were struggling to reach people in Chimanimani, many of whom have been sleeping in the mountains since Friday, after their homes were flattened by rock falls and mudslides or washed away by torrential rains.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 19, 2019 15:27