IN PICS: Cyclone Idai lashes Mozambican port

A South African rescue team encountered car trouble, on the way to Beira. eNCA reporter Dasen Thathiah is on the road with the rescue team. Courtesy #DStv403

MAPUTO/JOHANNESBURG - Parts of Mozambique were cut off on Friday as a tropical storm battered the coast and the major port city of Beira with heavy rain and winds of up to up 170 kph.

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.

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In low-lying Beira, a gateway for imports to southeast Africa, Twitter images and television footage showed billboards and rooftops blown away, trees snapped, communication towers knocked down and electricity cables lying across the streets.

Villages along the coast of the northerly Zambezi province were cut off from the mainland by a two-metre storm surge.

Images supplied to eNCA by Beira residents.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira.

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique's coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off Friday after power cables were downed.

Source
Reuters