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The Latest: Cyclone Idai death toll rises to over 550

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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, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

Reports from the United Nations and African governments say Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen to over 550 people.

A U.N. official says Cyclone Idai has killed 242 people in Mozambique and 56 people in Malawi, according to government reports. Another 259 deaths have been cited in Zimbabwe from the country's defense minister.

Gemma Connell, head of the U.N. humanitarian office for southern and eastern Africa, said Thursday from Mozambique's capital of Maputo that those figures are expected to rise, especially in Mozambique, where many areas remain inundated.

Connell visited the Mozambique city of Beira on Wednesday and flew over affected areas including the town of Buzi, which was under water for several days after the cyclone hit March 14. She says there is still the threat of secondary floods.

She said Cyclone Idai has created "a hugely complex situation" that requires "an even more complex response." She urged nations to donate as much as possible to help those left hungry and homeless.

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7:45 p.m.

Zimbabwe's president has declared two days of mourning starting Saturday for the untold number of victims from Cyclone Idai.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he witnessed "unmitigated despair" during his tour of the area, including the destruction of police stations.

At least 200 people have died in Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony in southeast Africa, and more in neighboring Zimbabwe, as a result of the cyclone, which hit March 14 and brought widespread flooding.

Zimbabwe's defense minister says Thursday that the cyclone killed at least 259 people in Zimbabwe.

Mnangagwa says both prison guards and prisoners were washed away to their deaths as the storm slammed into government buildings.

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6:45 p.m.

Zimbabwe's defense minister says more than 120 bodies were washed into neighboring Mozambique by flooding caused by Cyclone Idai, bringing the death toll in Zimbabwe to at least 259. A health worker involved in rescue operations says bodies are still being recovered.

Minister Oppah Muchinguri was speaking in the eastern city of Mutare, where truckloads of food, medicines and other emergency items were donated by churches, individuals and private firms.

"Most of the bodies were washed into Mozambique and because they were in a really bad state ... they ended up burying them," said Muchinguri. She said "a sizeable number" of people have not been accounted for.

On Thursday, helicopters brought some of the critically injured people to Mutare for help.

Mark Smythe, the operations director of a private medical firm providing a helicopter and medical personnel to assist in rescue operations, said many people are in danger from snakes that were displaced by the cyclone.

Other issues have included traumatic broken bones and women in labor who could not reach hospitals due to blocked roads.

"They are still finding dead bodies in the river," said Stephen Nyambuya, another medical rescue worker.

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5:40 p.m.

The Red Cross says it is sending emergency sanitation and water facilities to the hard-hit Mozambique port of Beira and is appealing for 10 million Swiss francs (dollars) to help 75,000 of the worst-affected people.

Jamie LeSueur, who heads operations in Mozambique for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said Thursday that the emergency sanitation and water units "will be crucial" in preventing the spread of waterborne disease.

Experts will arrive in Beira in the coming days, and sanitation facilities for up to 20,000 people and equipment to produce clean water for 15,000 people will arrive in the port city early next week, he said.

The IFRC and Mozambique Red Cross are also trying to address the massive needs for shelter.

Red Cross volunteers have already distributed emergency shelter kits — comprising tarpaulins and basic tools — to about 1,500 families and an additional consignment for 3,000 families is scheduled to arrive Friday, LeSueur said.

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1:30 p.m.

Portugal is sending an intervention taskforce to help in the search and rescue of survivors in Mozambique following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.

Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva says two Portuguese Airforce C130 transport planes were due to depart Thursday to the region. The first one was taking 35 soldiers, medical personnel and a disaster relief team from the National Republican Guard.

At least 200 people have died in Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony in southeast Africa, and 100 more in neighboring Zimbabwe, as a result of the cyclone over the weekend and widespread flooding that ensued.

Relief efforts were initially stifled by airport closures but international aid has begun arriving in the country.

Mozambique is home to thousands of nationals from Portugal. Santos Silva said that 30 of the country's citizens had not yet been contacted.

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11:55 a.m.

A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the storm's aftermath of flooding, destruction and death continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region's recent history.

Floodwaters are rushing across the plains of central Mozambique, submerging homes, villages and entire towns. The flooding has created a muddy inland ocean 50 kilometers (31 miles) wide where there used to be farms and villages, giving credence to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi's estimate that 1,000 may have been killed.

Mozambique reports that 200 have died and Zimbabwe reports a similar number but emergency workers say the death toll will continue to rise.

Rains stopped, at least temporarily, Thursday and floodwaters have begun to recede, according to aid groups.

A man stands in flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
Flood waters dominate the landscape following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
Personnel carry a body from a military helicopter in Chimanimani, about 600 km south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assistance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
People wait for a boat ride to be evacuated through the flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
Flooding in Sofala Province in Mozambique.;
A woman carries some of her belongings through flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Tuesday March 19, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
In this photo provided by ActionAid and taken on Sunday, March 17, 2019, locals look at a damaged bridge after Cyclone Idai hit, in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. Mozambique began three days of national mourning on Wednesday, March 20 for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll in neighboring Zimbabwe rose to more than 100 from one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades. (Tendai Chiwanza/ActionAid via AP)
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses affected vilagers during his visit to Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A helicopter flies above the area destroyed by cyclone idai in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A group of women carry buckets of water to use at a funeral near the area visited by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in Chimanimani, about 600 km south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Motorcycles pass through a section of road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A Motorcyclist picks up his belongings after loosing balance and falling off at near a section of a bridge damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019.  Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A vehicle passes through a section of the road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A vehicle is submerged in floodwater after it got swept away by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019.  Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A vehicle passes through a section of the road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A man cycles past a truck swept away by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A helicopter carries various food stuffs and supplies in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Motorcycles pass through a section of a bridge damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, Lina and her baby smile for the media as they wait to receive food in Beira, Mozambique. Lina had to flee her home with her baby when Cyclone Idai hit last Thursday, pulling the roof of her home. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, WFP workers prepare sacks of food for distribution in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, WFP workers take sacks of cereals from a truck for distribution, at a WFP warehouse in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
This Tuesday, March 19, 2019 photo taken from Copernicus Sentinel-1 and provided by the European Space Agency, ESA, shows the extent of flooding, depicted in red, around the port town of Beira in Mozambique. following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city. (ESA via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, people carry supplies after the first food distribution truck arrived in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, people arrive for food distribution at a school that has been turned into a shelter in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, WFP workers prepare sacks of food for distribution in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, WFP workers prepare sacks of food for distribution in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
People wait for a boat ride to be evacuated through the flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
People wait for a boat ride to be evacuated through the flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, Lina and her baby smile for the media as they wait to receive food in Beira, Mozambique. Lina had to flee her home with her baby when Cyclone Idai hit last Thursday, pulling the roof of her home. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, Lina and her baby smile for the media as they wait to receive food in Beira, Mozambique. Lina had to flee her home with her baby when Cyclone Idai hit last Thursday, pulling the roof of her home. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, people carry supplies after the first food distribution truck arrived in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, people carry supplies after the first food distribution truck arrived in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
A woman carries some of her belongings through flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Tuesday March 19, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
A woman carries some of her belongings through flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Tuesday March 19, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
Motorcycles pass through a section of road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Motorcycles pass through a section of road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A vehicle passes through a section of the road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A vehicle passes through a section of the road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Flooding in Sofala Province in Mozambique.;
Flooding in Sofala Province in Mozambique.;
A man stands in flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
A man stands in flood waters following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
Personnel carry a body from a military helicopter in Chimanimani, about 600 km south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assistance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Personnel carry a body from a military helicopter in Chimanimani, about 600 km south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assistance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A man cycles past a truck swept away by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A man cycles past a truck swept away by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A group of women carry buckets of water to use at a funeral near the area visited by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in Chimanimani, about 600 km south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A group of women carry buckets of water to use at a funeral near the area visited by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in Chimanimani, about 600 km south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses affected vilagers during his visit to Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses affected vilagers during his visit to Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
This Tuesday, March 19, 2019 photo taken from Copernicus Sentinel-1 and provided by the European Space Agency, ESA, shows the extent of flooding, depicted in red, around the port town of Beira in Mozambique. following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city. (ESA via AP)
This Tuesday, March 19, 2019 photo taken from Copernicus Sentinel-1 and provided by the European Space Agency, ESA, shows the extent of flooding, depicted in red, around the port town of Beira in Mozambique. following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city. (ESA via AP)
A helicopter carries various food stuffs and supplies in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A helicopter carries various food stuffs and supplies in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Motorcycles pass through a section of a bridge damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Motorcycles pass through a section of a bridge damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, WFP workers take sacks of cereals from a truck for distribution, at a WFP warehouse in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, WFP workers take sacks of cereals from a truck for distribution, at a WFP warehouse in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
A helicopter flies above the area destroyed by cyclone idai in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A helicopter flies above the area destroyed by cyclone idai in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assitance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Flood waters dominate the landscape following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
Flood waters dominate the landscape following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, people arrive for food distribution at a school that has been turned into a shelter in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by World Food Programme (WFP) and taken on Monday, March 18, 2019, people arrive for food distribution at a school that has been turned into a shelter in Beira, Mozambique. A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (Deborah Nguyen/WFP via AP)
In this photo provided by ActionAid and taken on Sunday, March 17, 2019, locals look at a damaged bridge after Cyclone Idai hit, in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. Mozambique began three days of national mourning on Wednesday, March 20 for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll in neighboring Zimbabwe rose to more than 100 from one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades. (Tendai Chiwanza/ActionAid via AP)
In this photo provided by ActionAid and taken on Sunday, March 17, 2019, locals look at a damaged bridge after Cyclone Idai hit, in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. Mozambique began three days of national mourning on Wednesday, March 20 for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll in neighboring Zimbabwe rose to more than 100 from one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades. (Tendai Chiwanza/ActionAid via AP)
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, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
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, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)
A vehicle passes through a section of the road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A vehicle passes through a section of the road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A vehicle is submerged in floodwater after it got swept away by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019.  Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A vehicle is submerged in floodwater after it got swept away by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A Motorcyclist picks up his belongings after loosing balance and falling off at near a section of a bridge damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019.  Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A Motorcyclist picks up his belongings after loosing balance and falling off at near a section of a bridge damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nyamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Thursday March, 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)