Disasters
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Mozambique mourns Cyclone Idai victims

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/20/19, 12:11 pm

Mozambique began three days of mourning on Wednesday after Cyclone Idai killed hundreds of people and left behind massive flooding. The storm struck Mozambique late Thursday before moving on to Zimbabwe and Malawi. Rivers in Mozambique breached their banks, creating what aid workers described as “inland oceans” stretching for miles, the United Nations reported. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said more than 200 people died in his country but the death toll could climb much higher.

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Deadly cyclone slams southern Africa

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/19/19, 11:37 am

Rescue efforts continued in Mozambique and two other southern African nations on Tuesday after Cyclone Idai struck the region last week, killing more than 200 people. The storm first hit Mozambique late Thursday before moving into Zimbabwe and Malawi. The cyclone damaged a region already suffering from poor communication and transportation infrastructure, delaying aid getting in and news getting out. The United Nations said Idai affected more than 1.5 million people.

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Associated Press/Photo by Sunday Alamba

Nigeria confirms death toll in building collapse

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/14/19, 10:58 am

Nigerian rescue workers on Thursday ended the search for survivors after a three-story building that housed a school collapsed the previous day, killing at least nine people in southwestern Lagos state. Rescue teams worked throughout the night and found one more body early Thursday. The National Emergency Management Agency said 37 other people were rescued from the rubble.

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