JOHANNESBURG – The death toll in three south-eastern African countries -- Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe -- has climbed to more than 400 people following cyclone Idai that triggered devastating floods.
Mozambique has declared a state of emergency and has appealed for international aid as thousands more people remain at risk with people clinging to roofs and trees, according to the latest media reports.
Addressing the media, Mozambique’s land and environment minister, Celso Correia, warned that the number of dead was rising as rescue and flood workers retrieved bodies that had been hidden in the now-receding flood waters.
"Our biggest fight is against the clock," said Correia from the flood-ravaged port city of Beira.
The minister added that 15 000 people were still in need of help.