Cyclone Idai's death toll now above 1 000 in southern Africa

2019-04-11 05:18
People digs into a grave where he buried a tiny spine in Magaru, Mozambique. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

People digs into a grave where he buried a tiny spine in Magaru, Mozambique. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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The death toll from the cyclone that ripped into southern Africa last month is now above 1 000.

Zimbabwe's information minister on Tuesday said the toll in that country has risen to 344. Mozambique has reported 602 deaths and Malawi at least 59.

Monica Mutsvangwa says efforts are now "confined to recovery of the deceased" and the government will send pathologists to Mozambique to help identify bodies. An unknown number were washed down mountainsides into the neighboring country.

Zimbabwe, whose economy is badly struggling, says it needs $612m to assist survivors and has appealed for international support.

The United Nations has described Cyclone Idai as "one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere".

A final death toll is yet to be established and might never be known.

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