LIVE: Cyclone Idai ravages Mozambique, at least 1 000 dead

Mozambique cyclone death toll could exceed 1 000, says president

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi says that more than 1 000 may have by killed by Cyclone Idai, which many say is the worst in more than 20 years.

Speaking to state Radio Mozambique, Nyusi said on Monday that although the official death count is currently 84, he believes the toll will be more than 1 000.

“It appears that we can register more than 1 000 deaths,” said the PR, adding that more than 100 000 people are at risk of life.

“The waters of the Pungue and Buzi rivers overflowed, making whole villages disappear and isolating communities, and bodies are floating,” said Nyusi. “It is a real disaster of great proportions.”