Mozambique cyclone death toll climbs to 417: Government

VIDEO: REUTERS
Flood water covers the ground between rubble where there once use to be houses at an informal settlement in Beira, the fourth largest city in Mozambique, on March 23, 2019.
Flood water covers the ground between rubble where there once use to be houses at an informal settlement in Beira, the fourth largest city in Mozambique, on March 23, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE (AFP) - The death toll in Mozambique has climbed to 417 after a cyclone devastated swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometres (miles), the government said on Saturday (March 23).

Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe.