Heavy rain hampers clean-up efforts in Mozambique after deadly Cyclone Idai

Residents of Mozambique's port city of Beira began cleaning up on March 20 after the country was hit by powerful cyclone winds and flooding which killed hundreds of people and left a massive trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa.

Roads in and around Beira were swamped and heavy rain continued to fall, complicating rescue efforts and meaning that aid had to be flown in by helicopter or plane.

Local media reported that there were food and fuel shortages in central Mozambique because Beira was cut off by road.

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi said on March 19 that the cyclone had killed more than 200 people in Mozambique but that more bodies were still being discovered.

Cyclone Idai, which hit Beira on March 14 before moving inland, brought winds of up to 170 kph which flattened buildings and put the lives of millions of people at risk.