Cyclone Idai leaves behind a trail of death and destruction

Mar 20, 2019, 3:22 AM EDT

Cyclone Idai, the worst ever disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, has ravaged almost everything that crossed its path, as it ripped though Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, bringing devastating floods and affecting more than 2.6 million people.

The death toll in Mozambique has crossed 200, but officials believe the number of casualties could be much higher, as rescue teams access the remote parts of the affected region. The cyclone has triggered “the worst humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s history,” displacing more than 400,000 people in the country, writes Reuters.

Buildings, roads, electricity poles and telephone lines have disappeared in the deluge, posing another challenge in the rescue work. In the port city of Beira, people could be seen clinging to trees or stuck on rooftops, waiting for airdrops, notes The Guardian.