Cyclone Idai: Confirmed death toll at 98

CONFIRMED death toll from the tropical cyclone Idai disaster has reached 98, the Zimbabwe government has said.

The figure is expected to rise even higher as 217 people are reported missing while 42 are marooned in places where rescue has yet to reach.

The number of those injured is 102.

The death toll in Mozambique after cyclone Idai tore through the region at the weekend could reach up to 1 000, President Filipe Nyusi told Radio Mocambique on Monday.

Following a visit to the disaster zone, he said 84 deaths had been confirmed, but information from rescuers and damage viewed from the air led him to fear that up to 1 000 people had been killed.

The category-4 storm made landfall on Friday after brewing in the Indian Ocean, bringing up to 160-kilometre-per-hour winds to central Mozambique before weakening slightly and heading towards Zimbabwe.

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