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Thousands displaced, acres of lands destroyed as Cyclone Idai wreaks havoc in Southern Africa

Cyclone Idai lashed the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 km per hour last week, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, swamping populations and devastating homes.

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Rescue work in swing

Rescue workers are rushing to help hundreds of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai battered the Mozambican port city of Beira on March 14, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

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Over 700 killed in Southern Africa

As of Saturday, at least 732 people had been reported killed in the storm and heavy rains before it hit, and the number was expected to rise, government and United Nations officials said.

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Transport, power severely hit

The storm flattened homes, damaged roads and bridges, and knocked out power and communications across a swathe of Southern Africa.

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Ground for disease outbreaks

Flooding creates fertile ground for disease outbreaks.

Cases of cholera have been reported in Beira, adding the danger of deadly illnesses to people who are scrambling to find food, water and shelter, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

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Nothing to harvest

Heavy rains also washed away agricultural lands, leaving many with nothing to harvest.

Here is a look at the storm's impact, according to the latest figures provided by UN agencies and affected governments.

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Rising death toll

Mozambique:

The death toll here has reached 417 while 1,400 have been injured. As many as 600,000 have been displaced with 17,400 houses damaged or destroyed. 

Zimbabwe: 

The death toll here has reached 259 while 200 have been injured. As many as 16,000 households have been displaced. 

Malawi

The death toll here has reached 56 while 577 have been injured. As many as 94,000 have been displaced.

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