Floods kill 66 in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi

Nellie Chapman
March 15, 2019

Disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers, says it is on high alert and ready to assist in Mozambique, where Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to make landfall. At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa following torrential rains that have triggered flash floods.

She spoke to reporters late Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Maputo to discuss the emergency. Flooding has also destroyed more than 5,700 homes and impacted more than 140,000 people in the southern African country.

There are 111 people with injuries, 18 hospitals destroyed, 938 classrooms destroyed and 9,763 students affected. Not only this, over 168 000 hectares of crops have been destroyed in Mozambique alone.

In Mozambique and neighboring Malawi, 122 people have died in cyclone-related rains according to a United Nations briefing issued on Thursday, making Idai the deadliest extreme weather event on Earth so far in 2019. Almost 1.6 million people are estimated to live in areas that could be impacted by high wind speeds ( 120km/h), according to the latest analysis from UNOSAT.

"Sixteen accommodation centres have been opened in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete to accommodate the displaced", Comoana said.

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THE eastern parts of the country should expect rainfall and windy conditions with effect from today as Cyclone Idai hits the country, the Meteorological Services Department, said yesterday. Floods in 2000 claimed at least 800 lives while more than 100 were killed in 2015.

According to the Saffir-Simpson scale Cyclone Idai is now and extremely unsafe category 4 storm and has explosively intensified in the past 8 hours which is expected to make landfall by tomorrow.

The category 4 cyclone is due to make landfall on Thursday afternoon.

DURBAN rescue professionals are on their way to Beira on Mozambique's coastline where Cyclone Idai, the largest one in a decade, is expected to hit tomorrow, Thursday, 14 March.

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