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President Solih sends condolences to Cyclone Idai victims

Mariyam Malsa
21 March 2019, MVT 09:33
An aerial view a flooded district on the outskirts of the city of Beira, central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019, after the passage of cyclone Idai. - International aid agencies raced on March 20 to rescue survivors and meet spiralling humanitarian needs in three impoverished countries battered by one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades. Five days after tropical cyclone Idai cut a swathe through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the confirmed death toll stood at more than 300 and hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk, officials said. (Photo by ADRIEN BARBIER / AFP)
Mariyam Malsa
21 March 2019, MVT 09:33

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Wednesday, conveyed his condolences to the presidents of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique, three countries that were heavily impacted by Cyclone Idai.

Making landfall in Mozambique on March 4, the storm then barreled through Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving a confirmed 300 dead, severely injured or displaced in its wake. Destroying critical infrastructure in all three South African countries, the estimated death toll of Cyclone Idai is well above 1000.

President Solih praised the tenacity and resilience of the people of the three South African countries effected by the cyclone.

Additionally, the president expressed deep sympathy to the families of the deceased on behalf of himself and the Maldivian people.

At present, national governments, NGO's and international organisations including the United Nations (UN) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are carrying out rescue and relief operations.