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Death Toll Rises After Deadly Cyclone Idai Kills Hundreds in Southern Africa

Many are mourning the loss of loved ones in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The South African countries all suffered a deadly cyclone, which struck on March 15. The category 2 storm has reportedly left more than 750 people dead. But according to authorities, there’s expected to be more bodies found as flood waters recede back to normal levels. They are anticipating the death toll to conclude around the 1,000 marks. In Mozambique, there’s been 446 bodies recovered, 259 in Zimbabwe, and roughly 56 in Malawi.

With the death toll rising, Celso Correia, Mozambique’s environment minister, expects that health concerns will spark dire aftermath. She says that it is more important now that the countries surviving population prepare to brace themselves for what’s to come next.

“We will have cholera, we will have malaria. It’s unavoidable in this situation, so the government is opening a cholera treatment center already,” she says.

Because mosquitoes love for warm weather, malaria is a high risk. There’s also the threat of diarrhoeal disease, measles, and pneumonia.

At the moment, there are more than 100,000 people living in shelters, throughout Mozambique. And due to loss of power and electricity, many more continue to flock to these areas of refuge. One expert reports that it will take some time to rebuild everything, but that efforts are being made.

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