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The death toll from Cyclone Freddy has risen to 190, as hope for survivors fades

The death toll from Cyclone Freddy, which devastated the Solomon Islands last week, has jumped to 190, the government said on Tuesday, as the grim task of identifying and counting the dead continues.

The jump in the death toll from the storm, which is believed to have killed many more people than previously thought, came as rescuers continued to search through the wreckage of homes and other buildings destroyed by the powerful winds and storm surge.

Many of the victims were swept away by the strong currents and powerful waves, making it difficult to locate their remains.

The government has warned that the death toll could still rise as more bodies are discovered and the full extent of the disaster becomes clearer.

The cyclone also left more than 35,000 people homeless, with thousands of homes destroyed or damaged in the storm. More than 1,000 people are believed to still be missing, and the government has launched an appeal for international assistance.