Mozambique's death toll rose to 417 from 242, Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia confirmed.
"The awful magnitude of the disaster that the sheer brutal force of Cyclone Idai caused, and the devastation that it left in its wake, caused the United Nations to declare that it is the worst natural disaster to have ever hit the Southern Hemisphere", he said.
It's estimated that two million people have been impacted by the cyclone.
Almost 90,000 Mozambicans have been moved into shelters, while thousands of others are still stranded in floodwaters.
"Words fall dismally short to describe human suffering that had been caused, and which is still continuing to unfold eight days after this awful natural disaster started", Magashule said in a statement issued on Saturday. "A disaster that only matches major disasters", the minister said.
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However, when it hits land around 00:00 GMT on Sunday, it will still be a strong system with wind gusts of approximately 225km/h. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has forecast as much as 500mm rainfall is expected in some places.
On Friday, cases of cholera were recorded in Beira in central Mozambique. "We are deeply concerned about remote communities that are cut-off by flooding and landslides and are yet to receive any humanitarian assistance". "No government in the world can respond alone in these circumstances", he said.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said more global support is needed and there is a risk of food insecurity in all three countries as crops have been destroyed. Local fishermen have joined the rescue efforts, ferrying stranded people about 50 or so at a time to the city's beach or port.
Prices of food and other basic items are doubling, even tripling. He noted that all numbers are preliminary and that they will be assessing, continue to assess the impact but the main focus now is to keep on saving people's lives.
The toll is expected to rise further.
Waterborne diseases are also a growing concern after water and sanitation systems were largely destroyed.