Death Toll Estimated at Over 1,000 After Cyclone Decimates 90 Percent of Metro Area

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March 18, 2019Mar 18, 2019

More than 1,000 people are feared dead after a massive cyclone ripped through a city of 500,000, damaging or destroying 90 percent of it.

According to the Associated Press, Cyclone Idai been wreaking havoc on the southern African country of Mozambique, across the channel from the island nation of Madagascar, for four days.

“It appears that we can register more than 1,000 deaths,” said Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi.

Strong winds and extreme rainfall have caused rivers to overflow, destroying villages. In the population center of Beira, the fourth largest city in the country, 90 percent of its buildings will need to be repaired or replaced, according to the Red Cross.

With mass flooding and widespread power outages, getting rescuers to victims has been difficult. The Red Cross has been working with the U.N. to deliver food and medicine.

Wind speeds up to 124 miles per hour were recorded as the cyclone ripped through Malawi and Zimbabwe as well, making landfall in Beira on Thursday, according to NPR.

"The immediate needs for people is shelter ... because most people have been displaced," Zimbabwe operations director Karikoga Kutadzaushe reported. "There is need for food. There is also need for medicals for those who have been injured."

Please pray for the people of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe! Please pray for the safety and effectiveness of the rescuers!

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