Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited the town of Chipinge on Wednesday, as the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Idai continues to rise.
Idai has claimed the lives of at least 98 people in Zimbabwe and 200 in neighbouring Mozambique, with hundreds more remaining missing and feared dead.
"I have visited all the affected areas and I've been told that there have been houses which people occupied but it all happened so quickly and so shockingly – that one minute they were all there but the next moment they were gone," the President said.
Cyclone Idai has wreaked havoc in south-eastern Africa since making landfall on Thursday with winds of up to 177 km/h (106 mph).
Millions across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have been affected by what may be the worst ever storm to hit the southern hemisphere, according to the UN.