Death toll rises as Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe

CHIPINGE, ZIMBABWE (MARCH 16, 2019) (TONY SAYWOOD) – The death toll in Zimbabwe from Cyclone Idai rose to at least 64 people in the eastern part of the country.

Video filmed by Tony Saywood shows severe floods in the eastern region of Chipinge on Saturday (March 16) and Sunday (March 17).

The tropical storm has already pounded neighbouring Malawi and Mozambique. The latter has cut electricity exports to South Africa, which led to rolling blackouts in Africa’s most industrialised economy.

The storm is the worst to hit the country since Cyclone Eline in February 2000, which devastated eastern and southern Zimbabwe.

The country has faced a severe drought this year that has damaged crops. A United Nations humanitarian agency says 5.3 million people will require food aid.

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