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Cyclone Idai May Cut Food Supply, Fuel Insecurity, Stratfor Says

  • Cyclone destroyed Beira port in Mozambique, cut power supply
  • Storm, flooding killed at least 700 people in three nations

Cyclone Idai, described by the United Nations as one of the worst weather disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere, may exacerbate food shortages in Zimbabwe, hamper Mozambique’s fight against Islamist insurgents and affect the results of elections in South Africa, Stratfor Inc. said.

The cyclone hit the Mozambican coast earlier this month, devastating the port city of Beira and killing at least 700 people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. It also knocked out power lines that carry electricity from Mozambique to South Africa, worsening outages.