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Aid workers widen search for Mozambique cyclone survivors, death... - 1 months ago, 21 Mar 15:32

Emma Rumney

BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) - Rescue workers widened their search in Mozambique and Zimbabwe on Thursday for survivors of devastating floods following a cyclone that ripped through southern Africa a week ago, killing hundreds and destroying buildings and farmland.

The death toll in Mozambique has risen to 217 and around 15,000 people, many of them very ill, still need to be rescued, Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia said, though rescue workers continue to find bodies and the toll could rise sharply.

In neighboring Zimbabwe, the death toll jumped to 139. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which is coordinating food drops across the region, said 200,000 people in Zimbabwe would need urgent food aid for three months.

In Malawi, 56 people have been confirmed dead so far.

A key priority now is pushing into remaining areas affected by the flooding that have not yet been ...
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