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Cyclone cuts off Mozambique coastal city of Beira

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambican coastal city Beira Friday, leaving half a million people virtually cut off after power lines crashed, airport shut and roads were swamped by flooding that killed 66 people nationwide. There is no communication with Beira. Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed, an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) told AFP. Authorities had to close Beira international airport after the air traffic control tower, the navigation systems and the runways were damaged by the storm. Unfortunately there is extreme havoc, said the official. Some runway lights were damaged, the navigation system is damaged, the control tower antennas and the control tower itself are all damaged. The runway is full of obstacles and parked aircrafts are damaged. Late on Wednesday, the national carrier LAM cancelled all flights to Beira and Quelimane, which is also on the coast, as well as to Chomoio, which is inland. Power utility ...


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