President Uhuru sends condolence message to Southern Africa Cyclone Idai victims

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his message of condolence and encouragement to the people of Southern Africa who are suffering devastation occassioned by Cyclone Idai.

More than 2.6 million people are potentially affected in what the UN says could be the worst such disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.

The devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai is becoming clear after it swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying almost everything in its path, causing devastating floods, killing and injuring thousands of people and ruining crops.

Official death tolls stand in the hundreds but the true numbers may not be known for months.

The Mozambican and South African military and other organisations have been working to rescue people from the air. Ian Scher from Rescue SA explained the stark reality.

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“We just save what we can save and the others will perish.” Jill Lovell an Australian in Mozambique running a mission school in Beira, which has been cut off by floodwaters said.

“It is a total mess here People are in trees and on rooftops. Emergency relief crews are slowly coming in. Rains continue to make it all even harder. So many lives lost and homes destroyed.”

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