Cyclone Idai has left devastating dents on the livelihoods of many people, who are now facing huge tasks to recover from the highly disastrous event.

What used to be decent homes for many families will forever remain permanent remainders of a period of intensity that characterised Chipinge and Chimanimani villages when Cyclone Idai made landfall in Zimbabwe last week on Thursday night.

Survivors try to be brave, but deep down they are crying souls, and for good reason because their families are faced with a double tragedy; living without their loved ones who perished in the disaster and the uphill task to reconstruct what used to be comfortable homes for them.

It will be a moment before several families fully recover from the phenomenon, the worst in memory and surpassing Cyclone Eline experienced in 2000 in terms of casualties.