A terrifying incident has just left over 1,000 people dead. The death toll is also expected to rise as crews work through the devastation.
According to reports, a massive cyclone swept through Mozambique over the weekend. It is said to be the largest cyclone to ever hit the country.
"Filipe Nyusi said Cyclone Idai had caused mass devastation and predicted the current death toll of 84 would rise enormously. Speaking to state radio after flying over the port city of Beira and viewing the flooding and devastation, Nyusi said he saw bodies floating in the flooded areas. As the crisis mounted one charity said it was 'possibly the deadliest cyclone ever recorded in the region,'" according to the Daily Mail.
The storm cut off electricity in much of the area and people on the ground are struggling to find supplies and relief. The Red Cross estimates that 90 percent of the massive city of Beira was badly damaged or destroyed. 500,000 live in the area and many were unprepared for the cyclone.
"The charity's Jamie LeSueur said: 'Almost everything is destroyed. Communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible. Beira has been severely battered. But we are also hearing that the situation outside the city could be even worse. Yesterday, a large dam burst and cut off the last road to the city,'" according to reports.
1.5 million people have been affected by the incident around the region. The storm first hit Mozambique before moving throughout Zimbabwe and Malawi. Heavy rains caused water levels to rise and the impact of the flooding was seen across the area.
Please join us in praying for everyone who was impacted by this deadly storm. We pray that find comfort through our Lord as they heal from this tragedy. Please also join us in praying for the relief efforts of all the workers who are combing through the debris.
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