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Cyclone Idai batters Mozambique – 19 dead, flooding, widespread damage, power and communication loss

Cyclone Idai batters Mozambique – 19 dead, flooding, widespread damage, power and communication loss

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With heavy rain and winds of up to 170 kilometers per hour (105 mph), Tropical Cyclone Idai unleashed widespread damage and destruction Friday on the port city of Beira, leaving more than a dozen dead and cutting off communications and electricity. After making landfall late Thursday, Idai felled pylons, destroyed houses and blew the roofs off seven schools. The airport was shut down after suffering damage to its control tower and runways. Flooding also swamped Beira’s roads, and the hospital suspended surgeries due to the storm. “There has been a lot of damage. Many homes have been left without roofs,” said Alberto Mondlane, the provincial governor. The power and communication outages left Beira’s roughly 530,000 residents cut off. Power outages also affected the provinces of Manica and parts of Inhambane.
Source: Cyclone Idai batters Mozambique – 19 dead, flooding, widespread damage, power and communication loss

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