Considered one of the worst disasters in the Southern Hemisphere, Cyclone Idai struck in the second week of March 2019 and left a trail of mourning in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It affected more than two million people and destroyed almost everything in its path.
Mozambique was the country most affected and its port city of Beira was 90 per cent destroyed. It is estimated that at least 1,000 people died during the cyclone.
Immediately after it struck, the government had no idea of the scale of the destruction. Official news was sparse and the shocking images that came via social media increased our anguish.
Mozambique received emergency rescue help in the form of helicopters and ships help from neighbouring states and offers of money from international organizations.