Presidents of Mozambique, Zimbabwe return home after cyclone

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The presidents of Mozambique and Zimbabwe cut short their foreign trips to return home and deal with the effects of a powerful cyclone that has killed almost 150 people across southern Africa.

Hundreds more are missing while tens of thousands are cut off from roads and telephones in mainly poor, rural areas.

Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, according to the U.N. and government officials.

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa both had left for foreign trips just as the cyclone struck their respective countries. This drew criticism from some who thought they should have stayed at home to deal with a disaster whose overwhelming magnitude has not been experienced in years.