A week after Cyclone Idai lashed southern Africa, flooding is continuing as torrential rains caused the Marowanyati dam to overflow in Zimbabwe, putting populations in the region at risk.
The confirmed death toll in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi surpassed 500, with hundreds more feared dead in towns and villages that were completely submerged.
In Zimbabwe the official death toll so far is of 259 but officials have said some 350 people may have died in their country.
Meanwhile, the confirmed death toll in Mozambique rose to 217, and in Malawi, at least 56 people were killed.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has estimated that 1,000 people could have been killed in his country alone. Homes, villages and entire towns were submerged across central Mozambique. It will be days before Mozambique’s inundated plains drain towards the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full-scale of the devastation is known.
But officials in all the effected countries said that the victims were sure to rise.