Cyclone Idai To Hit Zimbabwe This Weekend - MSD

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

Flooding from Idai's path inland has already killed 122 people in Mozambique and Malawi, making it the deadliest weather disaster this year.

Nkhokwe said the and strong winds are expected to start from Thursday to Sunday mainly over southern areas of Malawi which are at a risk for locally damaging winds, flooding and significant travel disruptions as the Tropical Cyclone makes its way to Zimbabwe where it is expected to weaken and die on 18th March.

A tropical cyclone is a low-pressure weather phenomenon that forms over oceans when the water temperature is at least 26 degrees Celsius.

"Tropical Cyclone Idai, which formed over the Northern Mozambique Channel on March 9, is expected to make landfall near Beira (eastern Mozambique) on March 14 or 15", said the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The government, with support from local and worldwide partners, is providing assistance to people already displaced by floods, but access is being impeded by road damage, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The South Coast Sun is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest - why not join us there? "Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed", an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management told AFP.

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At least 66 people in Mozambique, and four in South Africa were killed, after heavy rains caused flash flooding. With the current population of Beira believed to be 250,000 and gusts of winds estimated to be over 250km/hour, Cyclone Idai is expected to be the largest the area has seen in a decade.

Government authorities in Mozambique have ordered a coastal evacuation and raised the national alert level to "institutional code red", its highest state of emergency.

Mozambique is prone to extreme weather events.

News24 reported that Tropical Storm Dineo with winds in excess of 166km/h hit Mozambique in February 2018.

The group has said it was ready to deploy 70 staff, along with 4x4 vehicles, boats, and jetskis to help with rescue efforts.

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