Mozambique – Minister of Land and Environment, Celso Correia, has given updated figures arising from the deadly cyclone Idai that ravaged the southern African country late last week.
Correia said that the official death toll stood at 217, a figure significantly lower than a projection by president Filipe Nyusi who told state media earlier this week, that it could rise to 1,000.
Three thousand people have so far been variously rescued most of them from atop building and trees where they were seeking refuge following the heavy winds and floods that came with the cyclone.
“The situation is still critical… we will not sleep until everyone is safe,” the Minister said at a response center located in Beira airport. Water levels continue to recede according to reports.