Millions from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected as houses and roads submerged
The devastating cyclone that hit south-eastern Africa may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN.
Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe over the past few days, destroying almost everything in its path, causing devastating floods, killing and injuring thousands of people and ruining crops. More than 2.6 million people could be affected across the three countries, and the port city of Beira, which was hit on Friday and is home to 500,000 people, is now an island in the ocean, almost completely cut off.
The official death tolls in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi are 200, 98 and 56 respectively. But these totals only scratch the surface; the real toll may not be known for many months as the countries deal with a still unfolding disaster.
Mozambiques president, Filipe Nyusi, announced three days of national mourning late on Tuesday and said his government would declare a national emergency.
The country has been hit by cyclones and floods before. The most devastating in recent memory were in 2000, but these could be even worse.
Houses, roads and telegraph poles are completely submerged. The Mozambican and South African military and other organisations are working to rescue people from the air, though many are struggling to get supplies and teams to the region because roads and bridges have been ripped up or have huge sinkholes in them.
Some people are stranded clinging to trees; others are on houses or new islands that have formed, and have no food, according to rescue workers.
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