Red alert for Mozambique as Cyclone Idai gathers energy

Rainfall accumulation as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique

Rainfall accumulation as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique

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.

"Sixteen accommodation centres have been opened in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete to accommodate the displaced", Comoana said. "The cyclone is set to affect Beira, which is on the coastline of Mozambique".

The cities of Beira, Dondo and Quelimane are at the highest risk, with an estimated 20 000 people to be affected. More than 168 000 hectares of crops were destroyed, the government spokeswoman added. Electricity and water may be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm. In Malawi, humanitarian response, search and rescue efforts and rapid needs assessments are underway, and the Government has appealed for support in terms of provision of emergency relief items, including tents, food, medicines and helicopters for rescue operations and delivery of assistance. However, access has been damaging due to extensive damage to roads. The Civil Protection Unit evacuated more than 700 people who were marooned by floods in the district. After landfall, Cyclone Idai is expected to track inland, bringing heavy rain to central Mozambique and potentially into eastern Zimbabwe.

Now Malawi has been put on alert for more rain and flooding on Thursday when Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to make landfall through Beira, in neighbouring Mozambique, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said.

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.

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