A woman carries some of her belongings through flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique. Picture: Josh Estey/CARE via AP

Beira, Mozambique - The death toll after a powerful cyclone in Mozambique stood at 217 and around 15 000 people still needed to be rescued, the Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia said on Thursday.

Correia said 3 000 people had already been rescued.

A young girl is helped from a boat after being evacuated from flood waters following cyclone-force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique. Picture: Josh Estey/CARE via AP


The aftermath of the Cyclone Idai is pictured in Beira. Picture: Josh Estey/Care International via Reuters
Red Cross teams receive emergency shelter supplies in Beira. Picture: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies via Reuters

Cyclone Idai lashed the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 km per hour (105 miles per hour) last Thursday, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and putting the lives of millions at risk. 

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