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WFP: food Aid after cyclone needed for sure to 200,000 Zimbabweans

Estimated to have be sure to 200,000 Zimbabweans in the coming three months urgent food aid needed in the aftermath of cyclone Idai, said a spokesman of the world food programme (WFP) of the United Nations.

In short:

  • Total number of dead is located on 412
  • President of Mozambique fears for more than a thousand dead
  • Also in Zimbabwe, hundreds missing
  • Almost three million people were affected by cyclone Idai
  • Possible largest natural disaster ever in southern hemisphere

“It seems that the situation in Chimanimani, the hardest hit district in Zimbabwe, very serious. About 90 percent of the region is destroyed,” said the spokesman. In the city of Beira are probably a half a million affected people.

Cyclone Idai came last week to land in Mozambique with winds of up to 175 kilometers per hour. Then pulled the storm inland to neighbouring countries Zimbabwe and Malawi in southern Africa.

In Mozambique, are so far 242 people killed in Zimbabwe 139 and in Malawi 56.

It is expected that the death toll, especially in Mozambique, is still significantly higher. Monday said president Filipe Nyusi that it is to be feared “more than a thousand dead.” Also in Zimbabwe, however, are still hundreds of people missing.

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Aerial shots show devastation of cyclone in South-east Africa

Still thousands of people stuck on roofs and in trees

Approximately fifteen thousand people in Mozambique, including many who are seriously ill, need to Thursday, yet to be rescued from rooftops and from trees. By the cyclone are many regions affected by massive flooding. The Mozambique minister of the Environment said that there are still many bodies to be found.

“Our biggest battle is against the clock,” said the minister. “Up to now there are about three thousand people are saved.”

Satellite images, taken by the European space agency, of the Mozambican port city of Beira demonstrate Thursday a new ” big “lake” of about 80 by 25 km. The floods and heavy rains are not yet over.

American soldiers go, if they get permission, to help in the rescue operations, ordered the U.s. agency for international development (USAID) Thursday know.

A helicopter with supplies arrives in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. (Photo: AFP)

‘Idai possible largest natural disaster ever in southern hemisphere’

According to the WFP the cyclone Idai to become the largest natural disaster in the southern hemisphere ever. According to the UN organization in Mozambique 1.7 million people affected and in neighbouring Malawi, almost a million.

The Red Cross has let us know that there is in Mozambique at least 400,000 people made homeless by the disaster.

The region is rarely affected by cyclones. Idai was, with category 3, the strongest tropical storm since 2008. In that year, cyclone Jokwe to land with wind speeds of up to 185 kilometers per hour.

Cyclone Eline is so far the deadliest cyclone ever in the region. In 2000 came about eight people to life. If the expected death toll by Idai in Mozambique rises to more than a thousand, it is the deadliest cyclone ever in South-east Africa.

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Bodycam shows tricky rescue after cyclone Mozambique

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Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by cyclone Idai in South Africa

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