Hard on the heels of massive devastation and loss of life in Mozambique and surrounding regions, including Zimbabwe and Malawi, Premier David Burt encouraged Bermuda to remember the people of Mozambique and other areas of southern Africa, impacted by Cyclone Idai, where the death toll is now 446 and rising.
“The scenes of the devastation and immense flooding are disheartening and I wish for the people of these countries to know that our distance from them does not diminish our concern for their welfare. I have liaised with the local Red Cross and they are equipped to forward donations and field inquiries about how to best assist during these difficult times.”
Most recent reports say the death toll has risen above 750 in the three countries hit just over a week ago. As emergency relief efforts continue, authorities intensified efforts to restore electricity and water to prevent the outbreak of cholera.
At least 259 deaths were reported in Zimbabwe since the storm with at least 56 reported dead in Malawi, coupled with the 446 deaths in Mozambique, has placed the preliminary total of fatalities on record at 761.
International reports say more bodies are being discovered as flood waters recede and that the final death toll in Mozambique could surpass the early estimate of 1,000.