Waters From The Rivers Pungue And Buzi Have Broken Their Banks - President Filipe Nyusi Of Mozambique


"Waters from the rivers Pungue and Buzi have broken their banks, wiping out entire villages, isolating communities and we could see, as we flew above, bodies floating,"  President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique said.

Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira in Mozambique around midnight Thursday and moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi.

However, initial assessments in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique suggested that more than
150 people have been killed in those three countries, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Monday. But the humanitarian organization warned that the death toll could rise sharply.

In the consequence of the above, Cyclone Idai may have killed more than a thousand people in Mozambique, the country's President, Filipe Nyusi, said in an address to the nation broadcast on national radio Monday.

"Officially, we have a record of more than 84 dead but everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead," Nyusi said, adding that "100,000 people are in danger."

He called the situation a "real humanitarian disaster of large proportions."