Soldiers and paramedics carry injured survivors from a helicopter in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe.  Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers and paramedics carry injured survivors from a helicopter in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers carry injured survivors from a helicopter in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers carry injured survivors from a helicopter in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
In this photo supplied by World Food Programme, flood waters cover large tracts of land in Nicoadala, Zambezia Province of Mozambique. Picture:  World Food Programme via AP
In this photo supplied by World Food Programme, flood waters cover large tracts of land in Nicoadala, Zambezia Province of Mozambique. Picture: World Food Programme via AP
Flood waters cover large tracts of land in Nicoadala, Zambezia Province of Mozambique.  Photo World Food Programme via AP
Flood waters cover large tracts of land in Nicoadala, Zambezia Province of Mozambique. Photo World Food Programme via AP
A man stands on the edge of a collapsed bridge in Chimanimani, about 600 kilometers southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A man stands on the edge of a collapsed bridge in Chimanimani, about 600 kilometers southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers and paramedics rush to a helicopter to carry injured survivors in Chimanimani, south east of Harare.  Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers and paramedics rush to a helicopter to carry injured survivors in Chimanimani, south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Luckymore Rusero and his family walk past a collapsing road in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Luckymore Rusero and his family walk past a collapsing road in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers carry supplies to areas affected by Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani, about 600 kilometers southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers carry supplies to areas affected by Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani, about 600 kilometers southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Luckymore Rusero and his family walk past a collapsing road in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Luckymore Rusero and his family walk past a collapsing road in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers handout food supplies to people in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare, Zimbabwe. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Soldiers handout food supplies to people in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare, Zimbabwe. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
People wait in a queue to receive food supplies from soldiers in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
People wait in a queue to receive food supplies from soldiers in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A collapsed road near a bridge is seen in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A collapsed road near a bridge is seen in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A woman makes her way to a school building being used as an emergency shelter for some 300 local people who are unable to return to their homes following cyclone force winds and heavy rain in the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique. Picture: Josh Estey/CARE via AP
A woman makes her way to a school building being used as an emergency shelter for some 300 local people who are unable to return to their homes following cyclone force winds and heavy rain in the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique. Picture: Josh Estey/CARE via AP
A family stands next to the grave of a relative who got killed when Cyclone Idai struck in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A family stands next to the grave of a relative who got killed when Cyclone Idai struck in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
An elderly man arrives at a shelter in Chimanimani. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
An elderly man arrives at a shelter in Chimanimani. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A woman does her laundry near a mountain where a mudslide caused by Cyclone Idai killed several people in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A woman does her laundry near a mountain where a mudslide caused by Cyclone Idai killed several people in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A soldier carries shovels during a rescue operation in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A soldier carries shovels during a rescue operation in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A soldier carries a rope during a rescue operation in Chimanimani. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A soldier carries a rope during a rescue operation in Chimanimani. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

Chipinge, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe is retrieving and burying bodies Wednesday as Mozambique begins three days of national mourning for victims of Cyclone Idai.

The death toll is rising in both countries, but the full number of those killed and damage done will only be known when torrential floodwaters recede. Persistent rains are forecast through Thursday so it will be days before the plains of Mozambique drain toward the Indian Ocean.

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is to visit on Wednesday the hard-hit mountain community of Chimanimani on the eastern border with Mozambique. Some 300 people may have died in Zimbabwe as a result of the cyclone, say officials.

Mozambican officials say its death toll is 200 and rising. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said earlier this week he expects fatalities to be more than 1 000.

A family dig for their son who got buried in the mud when Cyclone Idai struck in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare. According to the government, Cyclone Idai has killed more than 100 people in Chipinge and Chimanimani and according to residents the figures could be higher because the hardest hit areas are still inaccessible. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP


Soldiers and paramedics carry injured survivors from a helicopter in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south-east of Harare. Some hundreds are dead, many more are missing, and some thousands at risk from the massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP


An aerial view from a helicopter of flooding in Beira, Mozambique. The Red Cross says that as much as 90 percent of Mozambique's central port city of Beira has been damaged or destroyed by tropical Cyclone Idai. Picture: Caroline Haga/International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) via AP


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