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Death toll from Africa's Cyclone Idai passes 1,000

Zimbabwe, whose economy is badly struggling, said it needed 612 million dollars (£468m) to assist survivors, and appealed for international support (stock photo)
Zimbabwe, whose economy is badly struggling, said it needed 612 million dollars (£468m) to assist survivors, and appealed for international support (stock photo)

By Tim Smith

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

Zimbabwe's information minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, said the toll in that country had risen to 344.

Mozambique has reported 602 deaths and Malawi at least 59.

Mrs Mutsvangwa said efforts were now "confined to recovery" and that the government would send pathologists to Mozambique to help identify bodies.

An unknown number were washed down mountainsides into the neighbouring country.

Zimbabwe, whose economy is badly struggling, said it needed 612 million dollars (£468m) to assist survivors, and appealed for international support.

The United Nations 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.

Malnutrition and disease have added to the suffering.

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