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The death toll in Mozambique has climbed to 417 after a cyclone devastated swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometres (miles), the government said Saturday.

Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been severely affected by Cyclone Idai.

The cyclone, which hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 15, 2019, has caused and heavy loss of life and significant devastation to communities, destroying homes and infrastructure.

In a statement, dr. Geingob says the economic cost and social impact of the cyclone to the affected countries, and indeed the entire region, is immeasurable.

The confirmed death toll in Zimbabwe, neighboring Mozambique and Malawi is now over 500, with hundreds more feared dead in towns and villages that were completely submerged.

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"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.

"We are living an unprecedented natural disaster". "The city remains without electricity, while telephone and internet communication is intermittent".

"For children affected by Cyclone Idai, the road to recovery will be long".

The United Nations' humanitarian office warned that more flooding may come as heavy rains inland poured into the low-lying Beira area and nearby dams filled up threatening to burst the Buzi and Pungwe rivers again.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said more worldwide support is needed and there is a risk of food insecurity in all three countries as crops have been destroyed.

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Beira, the city at the center of aid efforts for Mozambique, still can only be reached by land or sea. Rescue efforts continued Friday, as teams try to determine how many people are in need of help.

Prices of food and other basic items are doubling, even tripling.

Helicopters and boats have been rescuing some people stranded for days on rooftops and trees.

There are signs of life in the inundated landscape, even smoke from some cooking fires.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared a national emergency and the death toll is likely to rise.

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"Without safe and effective water, sanitation and hygiene services, children are at high risk of preventable diseases including diarrhea, typhoid and cholera, and also increasingly vulnerable to malnutrition", he said.

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