1. Cyclone Wreaks Havoc in Southern Africa
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.
SOURCES: MAIL & GUARDIAN