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Over 700 killed in Africa Cyclone Idai, United Nations, probably says more flooding



A woman is standing next to a car that Zyklon Idai has carried away with rubble in Chimanimani. (Reuters)

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Mozambique reported more deaths on Saturday through a cyclone and flooded southern Africa, killing at least 732 people and thousands desperately seeking help, many on roofs and trees.

Zyklon Idai whipped the Mozambican port of Beira last week with winds of up to 170 km / h, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flooding the population and destroying houses.

The death toll in Mozambique rose to 417 out of 242, said Environment and Environment Minister Celso Correia.

"The situation is getting better, more critical, but it's getting better," he told reporters at Beira airport, which has become a center for relief operations. [1

9659004] The storm also killed 259 people in Zimbabwe, while in Malawi 56 people died in heavy rains before the hurricane.

In all three countries, survivors dug through rubble to search for victims and search for shelter, food, and food.

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Locals in a flooded area after Cyclone Idai in the Buzi district outside Beira. (Reuters)

"All our food got wet, we did not know where to go with the kids, we have nothing," said Mimi Manuel, a 26-year-old mother of four who lost her home and sat on the floor of a makeshift home in a primary school in Beira.

In the shelter, families boiled with wood from trees were ripped open by storm, while toddlers played around battered school desks. Manuel wore a necklace with the word "Hope".

Destroyed Houses

"When it all started, people started screaming," said another survivor, Dina Fiegado, 18, in the coastal community of Praia Nova, where residents said about 50 people had died, the rough walls collapsed.

"Some people tried to escape, some tried to stay home."

The Mozambican minister said some 1,500 people had to be rescued immediately from roofs and trees. Helicopters and boats brought people to safety.

The United Nations Humanitarian Office warned that further inundations could occur if heavy rains poured into the deep Beira area inland, causing nearby dams to burst the Buzi and Pungwe rivers.

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The survivors looked at the location of a bridge Zyklon Idai washed away in Chimanimani (Reuters)

"We must wait until the tide recedes until we know how far the number of people in Mozambique is required" said the United Nations Coordinating Office OCHA coordinator Sebastian Rhodes Stampa.

Some cholera cases have been reported.

Many were survived, many survivors were worried about their future, others mourned for their losses.

In Beira's Central Mortuary, 56-year-old Mika Masseera, sad for his weakness

(19659004) The weakened mother Sumbo Mufucho, 73, died in the hospital after a rescue after two years Tied to a tree surrounded by flooding for days. This story was not edited by NDTV's staff and is released from a syndicated feed.)

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