The death toll from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique could reach 1,000, according to the country’s President, Filipe Nyusi.
The cyclone made landfall close to the port city of Beira on Thursday with winds of up to 177 km/h, but aid teams only reached the city on Sunday.
The official death toll stands at 84 following flooding and high winds, which have destroyed homes and ripped roofs from concrete buildings.
The cyclone has killed at least 180 people across southern Africa.
On a visit to Beira, President Nyusi said that its impact had been devastating, adding that he had seen bodies floating in the floodwater.
Earlier, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) described it as “massive and horrifying”.