Cyclone Idai has left an indelible mark on Zimbabwe, inflicting heavy loss on lives and infrastructure.

The impact of this catastrophic disaster stretches to the environmental degradation in the affected areas that will take years to reclaim.

Cyclone Idai has made headlines across the world for the past two weeks since it made landfall in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The human costs of the floods are immense and it will be years before the destructed communities fully recover from this demise.

The destructive power of the floods knew no boundaries, going beyond human lives to causing extensive damage to the environment, which will take years to reclaim.

Cylone Idai shows a reality to climate change which is fast becoming the largest single threat to humanity.

Research has shown that changes to the world’s temperature, as well as ocean warming, are responsible for an increase in the severity of tropical cyclones.

 As the ocean is warming, the region which experiences temperatures conducive to tropical cyclone formation is expanding and temperatures in the tropical regions are becoming warm enough for cyclone intensification.

Zimbabwe, like the rest of the African continent, is faced with the grim crisis of climate change projected to intensify as temperatures warm up.

Cyclone Idai has made a bitter presentation of the extreme weather patterns that the continent will have to grapple with in the future, albeit with further losses both on human lives and the environment.