Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been hit by a vicious cyclone that has killed almost 150 people, left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands who are cut off from roads and telephones in mainly poor, rural areas.
On Sunday, hundreds of people remained missing, while tens of thousands were cut off from roads and communication lines.
Tropical cyclone Idai battered central Mozambique on Friday, killing at least 19 people there and cutting off more than half a million in Beira, one of the country's largest cities.
When the cyclone hit Mozambique, authorities there were forced to close the global airport in the port city of Beira after the air traffic control tower, the navigation systems and the runways were damaged by the storm.
In Zimbabwe, eastern Chimanimani district was the worst hit part of the country, where houses and bridges were washed away by flash floods when the storm slammed the area.
Mozambican authorities have issued a red alert regarding Tropical Cyclone Idai and humanitarian response is ongoing in Malawi and Mozambique. The continued rains that have hit hard on Chipinge and Chimanimani are putting the lives of thousands of people in danger with an urgent intervention required.
Soldiers helped rescue almost 200 students, teachers and staff who were caught in the flood waters and trapped at their school in Chimanimani.
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Air force helicopters were rescuing people, but flights were being slowed by the heavy winds, media reports said. He says they died after a boulder rolled into their dormitory. The cyclone weakened as it moved into eastern Zimbabwe, Ish Mafundikwa reports for NPR. Idai made landfall in Mozambique's central coast first on Thursday night before hitting Zimbabwe.
They also affected neighbouring Malawi, where 56 people died.
In Zimbabwe, an additional 65 people were confirmed dead on Sunday, according to government officials.
Even before the cyclone made landfall on Friday, heavy rains earlier in the week had already claimed 66 lives and displaced 17,000 people in Mozambique, local officials said.
"She is fine. My house is fine but there's no more running water".
United Nations agencies and the Red Cross are helping with rescue efforts that include delivering food supplies and medicines by helicopter in the impoverished countries.