UN officials say floods up to six metres deep have caused incredible devastation

Cyclone Idai, the tropical storm ravaging southern Africa, is possibly the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, with 1.7 million people affected in Mozambique and 920,000 in Malawi, UN officials have said.

Storm surge floods up to six metres deep had caused “incredible devastation” over a huge area, the UN World Food Programme regional director, Lola Castro, said. The Buzi river had burst its banks, killing hundreds, and there was a risk of further flooding in the Buzi, Pungoe and Save river basins in the next 72 hours.

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