Floods kill 66 in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

The cyclone will dump heavy rains and winds over Mozambique, before moving to southern Malawi and later Zimbabwe, the department's director, Jolam Nkhokwe, said.

In a statement, the MSD said the tropical cyclone had taken a south-westerly direction as predicted earlier. It is expected to make landfall most probably on Friday or Saturday. "Elsewhere, it should be partly cloudy", read the statement.

The storm was expected to deliver a massive punch to the country.

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 peak of the rainfall is expected between today and tomorrow according to the Met Department.

Mozambique cabinet spokesperson Ana Comoana said the "government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai, expected to reach the country between Thursday to Friday", Al Jazeera reported.

More than 140,000 people have been displaced by the storm.

The MSD urged members of the public to follow official communication channels for accurate information and to ignore messages spread from unauthorised sources.

The death toll from the flooding in Mozambique has risen to ten. In Mozambique, more than 103,100 people have been affected (more than 48,000 people in Zambezia, more than 51,200 in Tete and almost 3,900 in Niassa), with 15 deaths recorded. Children must be supervised and never play near pools, rivers and streams. In Mozambique, authorities report needs related to food, water, shelter, education, seeds and health. "In rural areas, communities should contact local police, councillors or nearest clinic".

That would make it the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Mozambique since Tropical Cyclone Eline which struck the country in February 2000, claiming at least 800 lives. 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.

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