Cyclone Idai leaves more than 200 dead; president says death toll may rise to 1,000

This aerial image shows extensive flooding around the city of Beira in Mozambique. (Photo/United Nations)

The number of fatalities continues to rise as communities remain isolated by devastating flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai.

Idai barreled onshore north of Beira, Mozambique, with its strength equivalent to a Category 3 major hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans.

The Red Cross has reported that more than 215 people were killed in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi as a result of the powerful tropical cyclone. The organization estimates that more than 1.5 million people have been affected by the storm.

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi told Radio Mozambique on Monday that the number of fatalities from the storm may reach 1,000.

Local officials in Zimbabwe reported that at least 89 people were killed and nearly 200 others remain missing in the eastern part of the nation due to the cyclone as of Monday.

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