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Cyclone relief operations press into Mozambique remote areas

Relief operations are pressing into remote areas to find survivors of the cyclone that ripped into central Mozambique, while trucks carrying aid attempt to travel a badly damaged road to the hard-hit city of Beira.

The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $282 million for the next three months and says some 1.8 million people in Mozambique need urgent help after Cyclone Idai.

Authorities say the death toll of at least 761 is "very preliminary" and more bodies will be found as floodwaters drain away.

A woman carrying a baby on her back walks over a ruble of damaged houses in Beira, Mozambique, Monday, March 25, 2019. The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $282 million for the next three months to help Mozambique start recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Idai. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

Diseases such as cholera are expected as more than a quarter-million survivors gather in displacement camps both formal and informal.

The United States says it has donated nearly $3.4 million in emergency food assistance to the U.N.'s World Food Program.

A woman carrying a baby on her back walks past damaged school in Beira, Mozambique, Monday, March 25, 2019. The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $282 million for the next three months to help Mozambique start recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Idai. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

A young girl plays in the water outside a school in Beira, Mozambique, Monday, March 25, 2019. Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers rush to restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

A young boy sits on a fallen tree outside a school in Beira, Mozambique, Monday, March 25, 2019. The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $282 million for the next three months to help Mozambique start recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Idai. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

In this Sunday, March 24, 2019, photo, family sits outside their house surrounded by water in village 40 kilometers (24.9 miles) outside Beira, Mozambique. The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $282 million for the next three months to help Mozambique start recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Idai. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

People hang out on a dark street due to damaged electricity supply in Beira, Mozambique, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

A group of men attempt to pull out a car from a ditch after it fell off as Cyclone Idai struck, about 130 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Monday March, 25, 2019. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.(AP PhotoTsvangirayi Mukwazhi)