The death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries has surged over 700. According to the government figure, at least 446 people have died in Mozambique. The storm has killed at least 259 people in Zimbabwe, while in Malawi 56 people died when heavy rains hit ahead of the cyclone.The toll is expected to rise further. The United Nations said, officials will only be able to determine the final casualty figure once the flood waters have receded.
The UN stepped up calls for help in Mozambique as aid agencies struggle to assist tens of thousands of people battered by the powerful cyclone. Aid workers are slowly delivering relief, but conditions are said to be extremely difficult, with some areas completely inaccessible.
Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe, leaving a trail of destruction.
Nearly two million people have been affected across southern Africa, with no electricity or running water in areas where homes have been swept away and roads destroyed by the floods.