Damages are seen in a street of Beira, Mozambique, on March 17, 2019, in the aftermath of the passage of the cyclone Idai. – A cyclone that ripped across Mozambique and Zimbabwe has killed at least 162 people with scores more missing and caused “massive and horrifying” destruction in the Mozambican city of Beira, authorities and the Red Cross said on March 18, 2019. (Photo by ADRIEN BARBIER / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

More than a week after Cyclone Idai hit, an estimated 110,000 people were living in camps as aid workers brace themselves for the spread of disease.