Mozambique death toll rises to 417 after cyclone - minister

Mozambique death toll rises to 417 after cyclone - minister

Mozambique death toll rises to 417 after cyclone - minister

Germany has provided €1 million ($1.13 million) in emergency aid and is redirecting some of the €4.3 million already earmarked for humanitarian assistance in Southern Africa for 2019 to be used for the most urgent humanitarian needs.

As flood waters recede and more bodies are discovered, the final death toll in Mozambique alone could be above the early estimate of 1,000 made by the country's president a few days after the cyclone hit, said aid workers.

The organisation's Gerald Bourke said: "A large part of the problem is accessing the people who need help because of the water, the roads rendered impossible by the flooding because telecommunications are down".

Mozambique's death toll rose to 446 from 417, a government minister said on Sunday. A week after Cyclone Idai hit his small village of Chota, he is forced to navigate through dirt water daily.

Throughout the region, emergency air efforts focus on spotting stranded people and communities in the hope of dropping aid or plucking those in dire need to safety.

"This is one of the main challenges in the next week so we put it up health operation centres so that we can prevent malaria, diarrhoea, cholera and we are also planning to put vaccines for the kids".

On Saturday, during a media briefing, Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia said the death toll was now 417. At least 200 poles have been washed away along the Chipinge to Chimanimani electricity line, leaving many people without power.

Men help dig for the body of Agreement Munanga
Men help dig for the body of Agreement Munanga

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it had recorded two cases of cholera so far but the United Nations was unable to confirm the reports.

"Words fall dismally short to describe human suffering that had been caused, and which is still continuing to unfold eight days after this awful natural disaster started", Magashule said in a statement issued on Saturday.

Those living in affected areas of Mozambique began to trickle back to church over the weekend.

Thousands of people had lost their lives, and the destruction of homes and overall infrastructure and crops was devastating and would continue to negatively impact on the lives of millions of people for a very long time. Father Pedro held a mass at the Ponta Gea Catholic Cathedral in Beira on Saturday night.

One survivor was six-year-old Elena Joaquin who clutched a coconut as she sat surrounded by pots and pans at a shelter in Buzi, southwest of Beria, where she had sought refuge along with her parents.

Bham arrived in Beira on Monday and the team has been working around the clock.

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