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Dozens Dead, 100 Missing as Cyclone Slams Zimbabwe

Idai earlier caused havoc in Malawi, Mozambique
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2019 6:30 AM CDT
A different storm system hovers over the Earth.   (Getty Images/Elen11)

(Newser) – First it hit Malawi and Mozambique earlier this week. On Friday, Cyclone Idai slammed into Zimbabwe, killing at least two dozen and leaving at least 100 people missing, Reuters and AFP report. Particularly hard hit was the district of Chimanimani, which borders Mozambique, and where the death toll may be significantly higher, per unconfirmed reports. The storm system also took out power in parts of the country, flooded bridges, and created mudslides that swept homes away. "There were people inside [those houses]. They are part of the missing," Parliament member Joshua Sacco tells AFP. More than 100 people have also died in neighboring Malawi and Mozambique in recent days due to heavy rains. (Read more Zimbabwe stories.)

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