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Sat, 16 Mar 2019 14:20 - Updated Sat, 16 Mar 2019 14:20

Cyclone Idai: Mozambique city of Beira hit by storm

People living in one of Mozambique's largest cities have been cut off by a huge storm.

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Cyclone Idai, which is carrying heavy rains and winds of up to 177 km/h (106 mph), made landfall at the port city of Beira on Thursday evening.

Its 500,000 residents are now without electricity and communications have been severed, the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) says.

The cyclone has now moved west towards Zimbabwe.

It follows a week of storms and heavy rains in in Mozambique and Malawi that have killed more than 100 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

President Filipe Nyusi says his government is "doing all we can to ensure that the situation returns to normal in all spheres".

Beira is the fourth-largest city in Mozambique and its port sits on the mouth of the Pungwe river, that runs to Zimbabwe.

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