Cyclone Idai death toll reaches 732, hundreds still missing (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Cyclone Idai death toll reaches 732, hundreds still missing (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, her son Prince Charles and her grandsons and their wives the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex have conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of Zimbabwe following deaths, injuries and widespread destruction caused by Cyclone Idai.

"We're going to have to wait until the flood waters recede until we know the full expanse of the toll on the people of Mozambique", OCHA co-ordinator Sebastian Rhodes Stampa said.

In southern Africa, the first reports are emerging of an outbreak of cholera as conditions worsen for those affected by Cyclone Idai.

United Nations figures show Zimbabwe had the highest number of deaths due to Cyclone Idai with 259 deaths, compared to Mozambique 242 and Malawi 56.

It's been more than one week since Cyclone Idai hit the city which has already claimed the lives of 293 people according to official records in Mozambique.

People go on their morning errands amid the shattered city of Beira, Friday, March 22 2019.

Aid groups said Mozambique had borne the brunt of flooding from rivers that flow downstream from neighbouring countries.

"Words fall dismally short to describe human suffering that had been caused, and which is still continuing to unfold eight days after this bad natural disaster started", Magashule said in a statement issued on Saturday. "A disaster that only matches major disasters", Mr Correia said. Worldwide aid agencies raced on 20 March to rescue survivors and meet spiralling humanitarian needs in three impoverished countries battered by one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades.

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