Taylor said the bodies are were located six miles (3.7 miles) from a highway where floods created an inland ocean, immersing entire villages around a "densely populated" cane plantation. The area is only part of the land in a Southeast African nation that remains flooded after two large rivers burst their shores in the days after the storm. More than a week after the initial impact of the storm, the United Nations has confirmed 242 dead in Mozambique, with 259 lives lost in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi. But the information appeared slowly. On Monday, Mozambique's president, Philippe Newsey, said "everything indicates we can have a record of more than 1
At 3 am on Monday, he left his car and joined the streams of people wandering through the darkness through the waters on the highway.
In the dark, he could hear people cry and weep. 19659003] By the dawn, these sobbing began to make sense when a "terrible sight," Taylor said. "The dead bodies floated upstream (s) the flood flowed the bodies against the road," says Taylor. – The road has dropped to about 10 inches (25.5 centimeters). So these bodies have been washed against the main highway. "
Taylor said the smell of bodies and livestock is tangible.
Hundreds of others are also trying to make the overwhelming seven-hour walk from the village of Lamego – about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from inside Beira to Namanda, at a higher location. In places where The current from flood waters was strong, about 50 people joined hands to make a human chain, Taylor said.
"I am 6 feet 2 inches (187 centimeters), but the strength of the water at the knee level was," said Taylor.
Taylor said he saw an elderly woman carrying her husband on her back. Exiting Beira, he said, "the whole area, as far as I could see, was a flood lake," said groups of up to 10 people climbed eucalyptus, cashew and mango trees waiting to be rescued.
But he also saw that people were returning to the flood area.
"They said they can not explain their families and will not leave until they succeed," he said.
Cyclone Ayday made drought in Mozambique at midnight on Thursday, March 14, with winds of 175 km / h (109 mph),
It was not the strongest storm that to hit Mozambique, but the area was recently flooded by heavy rains. After hiding on the coast for days, gathering forces, Iday finally displaced a huge amount of water in Beira, a city with 500,000 people, destroying 90 percent of the area, according to relief agencies.
A week later, thousands of people are still missing in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Millions of others have been deprived of food and basic services, according to reports.