Cyclone Idai To Hit Zimbabwe This Weekend - MSD

Durban rescuers lend a hand to Mozambique as Cyclone Idai approaches

Durban rescuers lend a hand to Mozambique as Cyclone Idai approaches

At least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843 000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the United Nations said, prompting calls for emergency aid.

Center of La Reunion, who monitors tropical cyclones in the Mozambique channel and southwest Indian ocean, warned that sea level rises up to 4m could be expected in Beira on Thursday night, while storm surge levels between 5 and 6m were possible in the Pungwe river mouth.

"Accordingly, all communities in Masvingo, Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Central and other parts of the country that may be affected must maintain vigilance and are advised that every effort must be made to access weather updates and pay particular attention to information needs of people with disabilities and those with chronic illnesses", said the CPU.

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.

Flooding from Tropical Cyclone Idai has left 122 people dead in Mozambique and Malawi.

In Beira, residents have been working for years to prepare for a storm like Idai, building retention ponds for floodwaters and trying to focus the city's growth on higher elevation neighborhoods.

"Currently, it's Overland Depression (ex-Idai) and it is moving in a northerly direction at 6 knots (12km/h)", South African Weather Service (SAWS) forecaster Mbavhi Maliage told News24 on Friday.

Storm Report South Africa reported that an overall RED alert was issued for Mozambique and red score by GDACS.

Mozambique is prone to extreme weather events.

Winds of 167 km/h have accompanied the tropical storm IDAI.

News24 reported that Tropical Storm Dineo, with winds in excess of 166km/h, hit Mozambique in February. The National Institute of Disaster Management in Mozambique estimates a funding requirement of about US$18 million for food and non-food items, and an additional $13.9 million for emergency road work in Zambezia (where 31 per cent of the road network has been damaged) and Cabo Delgado (50 per cent of the road network damaged).

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