Idai death toll is 847
Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. As of Monday, 8 April 2019, at least 847 people were reported killed by the storm, the flooding it caused and heavy rains before it hit. The following is an outline of the disaster, according to government and United Nations officials.
Cyclone Idai landed on the night of 14 March 2019 near the port city Beira, bringing heavy winds and rains. Two major rivers, the Buzi and the Pungue, burst their banks, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the water.
People killed: 602
People injured: 1 641
Houses damaged or destroyed: 239 682
Crops damaged: 715 378 hectares
People affected: 1,85 million
Confirmed cholera cases: 2 772
Confirmed cholera deaths: 5
On 16 March 2019 the storm hit eastern Zimbabwe, where it flattened homes and flooded communities in the Chimanimani and Chipinge districts.
People killed: 185, according to government. The UN migration agency puts the death toll at 259.
People injured: 200
People displaced: 16 000 households
People affected: 250 000
Before it arrived, the storm brought heavy rains and flooding to the lower Shire River districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje in Malawi south. Rain continued after the storm, compounding the misery of thousands.
People killed: 60
People injured: 672
People displaced: 19 328 households
People affected: 868 895
Source: Defence Web