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24 dead, 40 missing after cyclone ravages Zimbabwe

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A tropical cyclone left a trail of destruction in eastern Zimbabwe, with floods sweeping away houses and destroying trees and crops, killing 24 people and injuring hundreds of others. At least 40 people are also missing in the calamity, authorities said on Saturday.

Cyclone Idai, which made landfall first in on Thursday evening, spread to Malawi, and affecting millions of people in the region.

Rescue efforts are being hampered due to high-velocity winds and torrential rains.

"Currently the number of people confirmed dead is standing at 24, mainly from an area called Chimanimani East bordering with Two of those are students but 40 people are missing. Rescue efforts are still ongoing but due to heavy winds and rainfall, it is proving difficult to move with great speed," quoted Nick Mangawana, in

"Hundreds of people have had their houses destroyed and marooned on rooftops or in the mountains and the military is working flat out to rescue them," he added.

Farmers in the affected areas said that massive losses have been recorded as agricultural fields have been inundated, destroying crop plantations.

In Mozambique, and South Africa, as many as 115 people died in the torrential rains owing to Cyclone Idai, affecting nearly 8,50,000 people across south-eastern Africa, according to reports.

At least 66 people were killed in Mozambique, 45 in and four in due to cyclonic rains which triggered floods.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 05:39 IST