Caroline Haga, IFRC through AP
This image made available by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Monday 18 March 2019, shows an aerial view from a flooding helicopter in Beira, Mozambique. The Red Cross says that up to 90 percent of the port city of Mozambique in Beira was damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Idai.
LAKE CITY OF SALT – Cyclone Idai has recently torn apart several southern African countries, including Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique, reports CNN.
According to reports from the International Federation of the Red Cross, the cyclone would kill over 150 people in the three countries. The organization warned that the number of victims could increase after conducting a complete assessment of the destruction.
Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi said the death toll could exceed 1,000, according to the Associated Press.
Beira, a city in central Mozambique, reportedly suffered "enormous and terrifying" storm damage.
"The situation is terrible: the extent of the devastation is enormous," said Jamie LeSueur, who heads the IFRC assessment team, in a statement of the IRFC. "Almost everything is destroyed, communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed, some affected communities are not accessible."
"Beira was hit hard," added LeSueur.
We have collected a series of photos and videos from the cyclone to show you how widespread damage occurs.
From the numbers: IRFC said it had already distributed 340,000 Swiss francs from its emergency disaster relief fund to respond to more than 7,500 people. The team may need more resources to help with shelter, health, water and sanitation.