ion with affected areas remains limited. On Monday, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said that “everyth
ing indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead” — a figure that some experts now believe could be conservative.
The mortuary at the central hospital in Beira “is full and dozens of bodies need to be
removed and handled in a dignified way,” according to IFRC. Beira is still flooded, which makes it impossible to bury bodies, IFRC said.
It is premature to say how many people have died while affected areas remain i
naccessible, Stephen Fonseca, regional forensics manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told CNN.
On Friday morning ICRC set up a new base in Chimoio, near the border with Zimbabw
e. Fonseca said identifying victims is “a monumental task” that will take months or years rather than days or weeks.
”The agony of not knowing what happened to your loved one in a disaster like Cyclone Idai is
indescribable,” Diane Araujo, an ICRC delegate deployed to Beira, said in a statement Friday.