March 18, 2019 / 2:48 PM / a month ago

Number dead in Mozambique cyclone, flooding could rise to 1,000, president says: state radio

FILE PHOTO: Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The number of people killed in Cyclone Idai and recent flooding in Mozambique could rise to around 1,000, President Filipe Nyusi said on state broadcaster Radio Mocambique on Monday.

The president said that, while the number of people confirmed dead stood at 84, the scale of the disaster was “huge” and he had seen bodies floating in rivers while flying over the affected region.

Reporting by Emma Rumney; editing by Alexandra Zavis

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