Cyclone survivors need ‘significant emergency response’

(CNN)Rescue workers say they are scrambling to save around 10,000 survivors of Tropical Cyclone Idai who are clinging onto rooftops in Mozambique, amid the threat of rising floods as heavy rain continues in heavily affected regions.

The Category 2 storm ripped through the southern African nation with 175 kph (109 mph) winds last week, flattening homes and buildings and causing widespread destruction as it moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi.
While the official death toll now stands at more than 200 in Mozambique, it is expected to rise significantly. On Monday, when the death toll was at 84, President Filipe Nyusi said that “everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead.” If casualties rise above that figure, Idai will be one of the deadliest tropical cyclones to hit the African continent.

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