On Monday relief workers assessed the damage and fears are that the death toll could rise over 1000 across Southern Africa.
Leading figures in Southern African football have come out with messages for unity in the region, to help the victims and those who have lost their homes.
The storm caused winds reportedly at 177 km/h, and here's how the United Nations World Food Programme worker Gerald Bourke described the desperate circumstances.
"No building is untouched. There is no power. There is no telecommunications. The streets are littered with fallen electricity lines," Bourke was reported to have said by the BBC.
"The roofs on so many houses have fallen in, likewise the walls. A lot of people in the city have lost their homes."
Before the cyclone hit Mozambique we saw Banyana Banyana star Janine Van Wyk share her fears about the potential destruction on Twitter.
Then Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic expressed his astonishment after the event.
There are also supportive video messages from The South African Football Players Union and the Footballers Union in Zimbabwe.
Astonished to hear&see what kind of devastating effects had tropical cyclone IDAI on our neighbors Mozambique and Zimbabwe with Thousands losing their lives and properties.Sincere condolences upon innocent lives lost with prayers that mother nature stops to be so cruel... pic.twitter.com/uGlarV4IMI— MICHOcoach-WOLF OF SERBIA (@michocoach) March 19, 2019
Currently, the death toll has risen to #89 💔— FootballersUnionZim (@FUZ_ZIM) March 18, 2019
This is not a one-man job we all need to unite and help those in need #CycloneIdaiUPDATE @FIFPro @CastleLagerPSL @online_zifa @FIFProAfrica @Dembare_DotComs @HwangeFC @HighlanderBosso @KirstyCoventry @FUB_BW pic.twitter.com/v26BX1n09d
Cyclone Idai and related flooding has killed 230+ people in southern Africa:— African Curators (@AfricanCurators) March 19, 2019
- Malawi: 56 people dead. Death toll not yet updated since cyclone hit.
- Mozambique: 84 people dead. The number is expected to rise over 1,000.
- Zimbabwe: 98 people dead and 200 missing. #Cycloneidai pic.twitter.com/3mRvPxtcWj
Our thoughts are with those affected by #CycloneIdai . Across SE Africa, hundreds have been killed, and countless homes, crops and livelihoods destroyed. Our partner in #Zimbabwe is on the ground determining how to best respond to the devastating impact. https://t.co/aEuslbxrgo— Act for Peace (@actforpeace) March 19, 2019
#CycloneIdai— TeamPachedu (@PacheduZW) March 19, 2019
"Tose tiri huruva" - a sombre song being sang at the burial of one of the deceased.
May God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; courage to change the things we can; and wisdom to know the difference. #CycloneIdaiZW pic.twitter.com/Lq6IUohcah
We made it to #Beira . Coming in by helicopter we saw significant damage, barely any houses seemed intact, power lines and trees are down, many parts are flooding. What we hear that the situation outside the city is even worse #cycloneIdai @ifrc @IFRCAfrica @CruzVermelhaMOZ pic.twitter.com/dVGsHhyviv— Caroline Haga (@hagacaroline) March 17, 2019
Climate Chaos: "Worst Case Scenario" cyclone slams Mozambique, Malawi— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) March 15, 2019
- Death toll exceeds 100, rising
- 80,000 displaced
- Landfall early today with winds of 175 km/h per hour and gusts of 213 km/h
- 1,583 km of roads damaged, 11 bridges destroyed #CycloneIdai #Floods pic.twitter.com/2mOLN8UyAz