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The Geopolitical Toll of Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa

Mar 26, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Girls collect artificial flowers from the rubble of a building destroyed by Cyclone Idai at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Beira, Mozambique, on March 24, 2019.

Girls collect artificial flowers from the rubble of a building destroyed by Cyclone Idai at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Beira, Mozambique, on March 24, 2019. In addition to the heartbreaking impact on people's lives and livelihoods, Idai damaged a great deal of critical economic infrastructure in the African countries that shared the brunt of its wrath.

(YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on March 14 -- leaving behind it a path of catastrophic destruction that has so far taken the lives of an estimated 750 people across southern Africa. But in addition to the heartbreaking impact on people's lives and livelihoods, the cyclone's aftermath has damaged a great deal of critical economic infrastructure in the three African countries that shared the brunt of Idai's wrath: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. And as these countries look to pick up the pieces after the worst-ever natural disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, the systemic deficiencies further exposed amid the cyclone’s aftermath may prove harder to rectify....

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