Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. As of Monday, at least 847 people had been reported killed by the storm, the flooding it caused and heavy rains before it hit. Following is an outline of the disaster, according togovernment and United Nations officials.
Cyclone Idai landed on the night of March 14 near the port city of Beira, bringing heavy winds and rains. Two major rivers,the Buzi and the Pungue, burst their banks, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the water.
People killed: 602 People injured: 1,641 Houses damaged or destroyed: 239,682 Crops damaged: 715,378 hectares People affected: 1.85 million Confirmed cholera cases: 2,772 Confirmed cholera deaths: 5.
On March 16 the storm hit eastern Zimbabwe, where it flattened homes and flooded communities in the Chimanimani and Chipinge districts.
People killed: 185, according to government. The U.N.migration agency puts the death toll at 259. People injured: 200 People displaced: 16,000 households People affected: 250,000
Before it arrived, the storm brought heavy rains andflooding to the lower Shire River districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje in Malawi’s south. The rains continued after the stormhit, compounding the misery of tens of thousands of people.
People killed: 60 People injured: 672 People displaced: 19,328 households People affected: 868,895