Cyclone Idai: How the storm tore into southern Africa

Aid agencies are scrambling to reach survivors of Cyclone Idai, which swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last week, destroying towns and villages in its path.

Hundreds of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have been affected by what the UN says could be “one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere”.

Here’s what we know so far about the impact of the cyclone.

Large areas are under water

The storm made landfall near the port city of Beira in Mozambique’s Sofala province on 14 March, packing winds of up to 177 km/h (106 mph) and bringing torrential rain.

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