'Cyclone Idai expected to strike in Zim'-Met Department warns on destruction

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

A potentially disastrous cyclone is set to make landfall in the African country of Mozambique, most likely bringing a devastating storm surge and flooding to the nation's fourth-largest city.

Chipiliro Khamula, spokesman for Malawi's Department of Disaster Management, said 56 deaths had been recorded as of Tuesday, as well as 577 injuries.

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

More than 168,000 hectares of crops were also destroyed, the government spokeswoman added. Electricity and water may be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm.

A light aircraft has been dispatched with a team of specialists to Malawi to establish the exact humanitarian assistance required. However, access has been damaging due to extensive damage to roads.

Authorities there have ordered the compulsory evacuation of people living in flood-prone areas. Cyclone Idai was a disturbance earlier which from the Mozambique channel moved inland to parts of Mozambique and Malawi around March 8 causing hefty showers on March 8 and 9.

The Meteorological Service Department (MSD) has confirmed that a Tropical Cyclone Idai, which is brewing in Mozambique, is expected to hit Zimbabwe over the weekend.

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

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