The death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometres, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors. At least 417 people have died in Mozambique, according to government, bringing to 676 the total deaths when combined with those from neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has visited the areas that are devastated by Cyclone Idai in his country.
The World Food Programme says it is continuing to rush food and other assistance into the hardest hit areas affected by the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai.
Cholera cases were reported on Friday in the Mozambican city of Beira, adding a risk of deadly illnesses for hundreds of thousands of people who are scrambling for shelter, food and water after catastrophic flooding in Southern Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the country to be patient with the electricity blackouts, saying one of the pylons in Mozambique that supply Eskom with electricity, is about to go back online.