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A Huge Cyclone Struck Mozambique And The Pictures Of The Aftermath Are Devastating

Cyclone Idai has been called one of the worst-ever weather-related disasters in the southern hemisphere.

Posted on March 20, 2019, at 1:52 p.m. ET

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An aerial view shows the flooded plain surrounding Beira on March 20, after the passage of Cyclone Idai.

Hundreds of people are feared dead after cyclone winds and flooding struck southeastern Africa.

Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique last week and has also crashed into Zimbabwe and Malawi.

More than 200 people have been confirmed dead in Mozambique, 98 in Zimbabwe, and 56 in Malawi, but Mozambiqueโ€™s president said the true death toll in the country could be much higher, around 1,000.

Filipe Nyusi declared three days of national mourning on Tuesday. โ€œIt is a real disaster of great proportions,โ€ the president said.

More than 2.6 million people across the region are affected, including 1.7 million in Mozambique.

The Mozambique port city of Beira, home to 500,000 people and particularly vulnerable to flooding as it is low-lying, has suffered the worst damage associated with the storm.

Pedro, a father of three children all under the age of 10, told BBC News from Beira, โ€œPlease help us. Tell the world we are suffering. We don't know where we are going to sleep.โ€

"What we are seeing emerging from our informal networks and from the official databases is if the worst fears are realized... it is one of the worst weather-related disasters in the Southern Hemisphere,โ€ Clare Nullis, a spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization, an agency of the United Nations, said.

And World Food Programme spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said Mozambique was facing a โ€œmajor humanitarian emergency that is getting bigger by the hour.โ€

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A man cleans up a destroyed house in Chimanimani on March 19.

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Victims' relatives sit beside their coffins in Chimanimani, as they wait for transport to the grave site on March 18.

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Jane Chitsuro, 42, is treated at the Chimanimani Rural district hospital on March 18.

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Rescuers carry a body from a military helicopter in Chimanimani on March 20.

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Timber company workers are left stranded on a damaged road in Chimanimani on March 18.

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An elderly woman surveys her destroyed belongings in Chimanimani on March 19.

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An elderly man makes his way through wreckage toward the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Chimanimani, where dozens of families are sheltered, on March 19.

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A military helicopter participates in an air relief drop mission over the flooded area around Beira on March 20.

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Destruction in Beira on March 16.

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Residents and shopkeepers survey the destruction in Beira on March 17.

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Residents gather stranded on the stands of a stadium in a flooded area of Buzi on March 20.

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A wounded survivor is evacuated by helicopter from Chimanimani on March 19.

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An aerial view of houses in a flooded area of Buzi on March 20.

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A person walks by a damaged road in Chimanimani on March 19.

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Mud fills the interior of a house in Chimanimani on March 19.

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People return to the village of Praia Nova in Beira on March 17.

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People line up to receive food supplies from soldiers in Chimanimani on March 18.

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One of the soldiers distributing food supplies registers a resident in Chimanimani on March 18.

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Victims of the cyclone in Beira on March 17.

CORRECTION

Clare Nullis's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.


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