At least 24 dead, dozens missing after cyclone hits parts of Zimbabwe

Vehicles get caught in the rain as tropical cyclone Idai begins to come from central Mozambique to the flooded district of Chikwawa southern Malawi

In neighbouring Zimbabwe, weather services have warned that violent thunderstorms, lightning and strong winds will be experienced in the eastern regions of the country.

Cyclone Idai was bringing more floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi where scores of people have already been killed and tens of thousands displaced by floods over the past few weeks.

Images uploaded to social media showed pylons toppled, houses torn apart, billboards and rooftops blown away, trees snapped, communication towers knocked down and electricity cables lying across the streets.

Heavy downpours in neighbouring Malawi this week have affected nearly a million people and claimed 56 lives there, according to the latest government toll.

A cyclone equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane left dozens dead and more than 500,000 without power in Mozambique after it arrived late Thursday.

Authorities there have opened emergency relief camps where malaria and shortages of supplies have led to dire conditions, according to AFP correspondents.

Storm surges of up to two-metres cut off villages from the mainland along the coast of the northerly Zambezi province.

"We don't have any communications from the area", said senior forecaster Jan Vermeulen.

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Bore, who is also the Acting Head of the Civil Protection Department in Manicaland Province, said although more information is trickling in, over 125 houses in Ngangu have collapsed with forty people reportedly missing, while 30 are also missing in Rusitu.

Government emergency services had yet to give an update but the South African Weather Service (SAWS) said the cyclone was moving inland, northwest of Beira.

The Mozambican television channel TVM reported that at least five people had been seriously injured.

Template:Infobox Town Chimanimani is a Town located in Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe.

The World Food Program said it would deliver 20 tons of emergency food aid to stranded communities by boat and helicopter.

The storm, the worst to hit Mozambique in at least a decade, had windspeeds of more than 200 kilometers per hour before it made landfall early Friday.

South Africa's power utility company Eskom on Saturday introduced severe electricity rationing "due to the loss of additional capacity, which includes a reduction in imports from Mozambique", it said in a statement. It killed 350 people and made 650,000 homeless across southern Africa.

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