U.N. says 1.7 million in path of cyclone in Mozambique

Published On: March 19, 2019 07:00 PM NPT By: Reuters

GENEVA, March 19: A storm ravaging southern Africa is possibly the worst weather-related disaster ever to hit the southern hemisphere, with 1.7 million people in the path of the cyclone in Mozambique and 920,000 affected in Malawi, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

Storm surge floods up to 6 meters deep had caused “incredible devastation” over a huge area, World Food Programme regional chief Lola Castro said. The Buzi river had burst its banks, killing hundreds, and there was risk of more flooding in the Buzi, Pungoe and Save river basins in the next 72 hours.

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