Governments in southeast Africa have said that the number of people confirmed killed by Cyclone Idai has risen to nearly 550. Nine days after Cyclone Idai struck, rescue workers are still struggling to reach its victims across southeast Africa. Idai sliced through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi at speeds of up to 170 kilometres per hour, bringing floods in its wake. The United Nations’ migration agency says said Cyclone Idai has affected more than a million people across the region.
The UN said the official death toll in Mozambique has risen to almost two hundred and fifty people. In Mozambique, survivors have gathered at shelters in the port city of Beira. It suffered huge destruction at the hands of Cyclone Idai last week. At a shelter in a school, more than 300 people from Buzi District struggled to find enough to eat.
With roads cut off and land covered with flood waters, the UN World Food Programme has used helicopters and planes to deliver food packages to remote villages. The UN has said that Cyclone Idai is the worst weather-related disaster ever recorded in the southern hemisphere.