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Death toll likely to climb into the 1,000's following Tropical Cyclone Idai's strike on Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
3/25/2019, 12:53:52 PM

While the official death has only risen to slightly more than 750 between the three countries, officials are expecting it to rise significantly and other factors are likely to keep that number rising for weeks or months.

Idai Satellite 3/25

Satellite image showing Tropical Cyclone Idai approaching the coastline of Mozambique.


Some locations remain submerged in flood waters and bodies are reportedly showing up each day as other locations see flood waters recede.

More than 100,000 people are still living in make-shift tents as at least 90 of the city of Beira was damaged or destroyed by the storm.

While the weather has improved, concern has now turned to disease which could have a devastating affect on areas that are struggling to recover from the historic tropical cyclone.

On Monday, the main road in Beira was finally opened for the first time following the storm after be flooded and severely damaged for more than a week.

As more information comes out about the destruction caused across the region, the full scope of Idai's power will come into view; however, at this time anything short of a humanitarian crisis for this region would be a miracle.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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