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Cyclone Idai: Horror as smell starts to envelop Mozambique as body count mounts by Stephanie Bedo March 21,2019   |  Source: news.com.au

Morganda Albino took her five children and fled rising waters when they inundated her home.

She managed to save her kids but lost her animals and any clothes, and now the family has nothing to eat.

“We are sleeping along this road and when it rains we will be flooded again,” she told CARE Mozambique from her village Tica.

“First the winds started. The next day the water flooded our home we started running. I saved my children but I lost my ducks goats and my clothes.”

Hundreds of people have died in Mozambique and neighbouring countries Zimbabwe and Malawi after being hit by vicious category 4 Cyclone Idai on March 16.

After the devastating 200km/h winds died down, days of rain have followed with swollen rivers bursting banks, wiping out roads, dams flooding over capacity and entire villages being swept away.

More than 400,000 people are displaced in the centre of the country and thousands of lives hang in the balance.

Some have been living in trees for four days.

Torrential rains have continued to lash the area all week and floodwaters are still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors.

It will be days before Mozambique’s inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer

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