MAPUTO/HARARE -- Cyclone winds and floods that swept across southeastern Africa affected more than 2.6 million people and could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters recorded in the southern hemisphere, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

BROWNVILLE, Neb. — Severe flooding caused by rainfall and melting snow devastated farms and towns in Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, with waters yet to crest in parts of the region for several days.

Despite initial concerns about the potential for spring flooding from a growing Piscataquog River ice jam near the New Boston-Goffstown line, local fire department and state officials say they’re beginning to see signs that the situation might be improving.