The Atlantic photo feature: Aftermath of Cyclone Idai

The Aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

The Atlantic by Alan Taylor

25 March 2019  


Flooded homes are seen after Cyclone Idai in Buzi District outside Beira, Mozambique, on March 21, 2019.  Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

This photo feature comprises 35 superb photos taken of the flooding and devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, taken by professional photographers.

[On 14 March 2019], Cyclone Idai, one of the most devastating storms to hit Africa in decades, made landfall in Mozambique with sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph), damaging or destroying thousands of structures. The tropical storm then moved inland, bringing heavy rain and flooding to more parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. More than 750 deaths are attributed to Idai so far, while thousands remain stranded in remote rural areas. International aid is starting to reach the region, while workers struggle to repair roads, restore power, and care for the survivors—with special attention toward preventing cholera outbreaks.

Below are five examples, click on the link below the photos, using Google Chrome, to view on The Atlantic website:


An Oryx helicopter from the South African National Defense Forces flies during an air relief-drop mission over the flooded area around Beira, central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019. Maryke Vermaak / AFP / Getty

A man stands on the edge of a collapsed bridge in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, on March 18, 2019. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / AP


A stranded family starts a fire to cook on top of their home after Cyclone Idai, in Buzi District, Mozambique, on March 21, 2019.  Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters


People cross a makeshift bridge over a river that surged days earlier during Cyclone Idai, on March 20, 2019, in Chipinge, Zimbabwe.  Tafadzwa Ufumeli / Getty


Manuel Machacawa Maezane (second from left) cries as he meets his son Aristides (left) after being evacuated from Buzi, on the beach in Beira, on March 23, 2019. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP / Getty

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