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

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.

Having come and gone, it has dawned on many that Cylone Idai is one visible sign of the climate change reality 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.