Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Flood warnings as cyclone Idai hits Zim

Flood warnings as cyclone Idai hits Zim

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.

According to recent report from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), the death toll from the floods and heavy rains has risen to 45 and over 577 injured and over 90,000 households affected. More than 75,900 people are estimated to be displaced, with many ad hoc camps established and people living out in the open as their houses have been destroyed.

"Tropical Cyclone IDAI is expected to make a landfall over Beira in Mozambique which is 480kms to Nsanje Boma by Thursday 14 March, while dumping heavy rains overland in Mozambique including southern Malawi". Storm-surge flooding may also spread farther up the river, inundating homes and businesses.

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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. More than a million people have already been directly affected by the disaster. More than 168 000 hectares of crops were destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.

Almost 17,100 people are estimated to be displaced in Zambezia, Tete and Niassa, who are sheltering in 15 transit centres, and almost 12,500 houses are reported to have been destroyed. Communities should be on the lookout for rising water levels and quickly move to safe places when there is need to do so. The Civil Protection Unit evacuated more than 700 people who were marooned by floods in the district. "Idai, the tropical cyclone is now positioned in central Mozambique channels and is slowly progressing towards the Mozambique coast". The latest projections indicate that Idai may then turn back east and re-enter the Mozambique Channel, potentially going on to impact southern Madagascar.

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