Morning Headlines: March 20th, 2019

Catherine Garrett / March 20, 2019

UN teams have arrived in Beira where Cyclone Idai has cut off electricity and communications and destroyed homes, medical facilities and crops.
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Death toll in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, rises from Cyclone Idai

Mozambique began three days of national mourning today for the 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll in neighbouring Zimbabwe rose to over 100 after one of the most devastating storms to hit Southern Africa.

Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get supplies to those who are stranded.

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi said he expected the death toll to be over 1,000.

Christchurch aftermath

The first 6 of 50 victims have been buried today in Christchurch, five days after the attacks in which 50 people were killed.

At a press conference Jacinda Ardern said she “shared the frustration” of the families who had not been able to put their loved ones to rest.

Ardern announced that two minutes of silence will be held on Friday and the call to prayer will be broadcast on TVNZ and Radio NZ.

Twenty-nine people are still in Christchurch hospital. (@ZohaibQazi/Twitter)

In B.C., the fine for using an electronic device while driving is $368 and four insurance penalty points.

Cell it like it is

Having a cellphone visible in your vehicle no longer counts as a distracted driving charge, thanks to a ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court.

In his March 1 decision, Justice Murray Blok said a driver who appealed his conviction was not “using” the phone so he was not guilty of distracted driving.

According to the province’s Motor Vehicle Act, use of electronic devices while driving in a hands-free manner is allowed, only if the device is securely mounted to the dashboard.