When Cyclone Idai made landfall in the port city of Beira, Mozambique on March 14, the area was already drenched from days of torrential rains. The winds, rain and high tides from the Cyclone caused dams to burst and rivers to overflow their banks.
Cities, villages and large swathes of land were totally submerged in Mozambique, as roads and bridges were washed away and communications were cut.
The storm continued inland to Malawi and Zimbabwe, where hundreds of people are reported dead or missing.
Government and aid agencies are still attempting to reach the affected areas and estimates of the death toll vary greatly. The World Food Programme said the cyclone and flooding have affected at least 2.6 million people in the region, causing a "major humanitarian emergency that is getting bigger by the hour."
The Humanitarian Coalition, through its member agencies, is on the ground delivering emergency aid.
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