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Cyclone South Africa

1. Cyclone Wreaks Havoc in Southern Africa

Almost 850 000 people have been affected by severe rains and flooding caused by cyclone Idai, a tropical cyclone that hit the Mozambican port of Beira on Thursday night then moved westward into Zimbabwe and Malawi. At least 126 people had died in Mozambique and Malawi, according to the Red Cross. In Zimbabwe, 89 people died from the floods, the information ministry said. Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, and the Zimbabwean president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, returned from foreign trips to attend to the emergencies caused by the storm.  Winds of up to 170 kilometres per hour, coupled with heavy rains, have dismantled homes and buildings and left much of the region without power. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has deployed the South African National Defence Force to Mozambique to assist with recovery efforts after Cyclone Idai caused severe damage, knocking down pylons and affecting power supply to Eskom, which caused loadshedding.