Southern Africa: Tropical Cyclone Kenneth flash update no. 1 - UN OCHA
More than three dozen bodies of people killed by the floods following Cyclone Idai have been buried in mass graves after being found in an advanced state of decomposition in the Dombe administrative post in Sussungenga district.
The victims took refuge in trees, but hunger, low temperatures and the long wait for rescue cost them their strength and they fell into the waters of the Lucite and Mussapa rivers, according to a source in the Emergency Technical Office, quoted by newspaper Notícias.
The 37 corpses were found in an advanced state of decomposition, some hanging in trees, some buried in the mud, and others still afloat.
“Many of our compatriots have been washed away by the rivers. It is becoming difficult to believe that there are any survivors left,” the governor of Manica province said in relation to 60 citizens reported missing from the vicinity of rivers, where there are also crocodiles.
According to A Verdade, the 188 deaths recorded by Manica province up to Sunday (March 24) should raise to 534 the total of those killed by the Category 4 tropical cyclone that lashed the centre of Mozambique on 14 and 15 March, followed by floods exceeding all those in living memory in the region.
However, the latest official update provided by the authorities sets the death toll at 447.
Source: A Verdade