Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe.Civil Protection Unit issues floods warning

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2019

The cyclone, which has already claimed 10 lives in Mozambique, comes with the warning of dangerously high seas; extreme flooding; strong, damaging winds; storm surges and significant rainfall. In Malawi, almost 739,800 people have been impacted, according to the Government, with 45 deaths and 577 injuries recorded.

"But more importantly, only if a call is made by the Mozambican Government for urgent assistance", the organisation's founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, said.

Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday.


Malawi's Meteorological Department has warned of more rains and flooding in the country's south between Thursday and Sunday. 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. The storm packs sustained winds of 115 miles per hour and threatens a month's worth of rainfall for an already waterlogged region - the makings of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

More than 168,000 hectares of crops were also destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.

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


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. Flood water and food which has been in contact with flood water is not safe. Government authorities in Mozambique have ordered a coastal evacuation and raised the national alert level to "institutional code red", its highest state of emergency. "Idai, the tropical cyclone is now positioned in central Mozambique channels and is slowly progressing towards the Mozambique coast".

This system turned around and once again came back to Mozambique Channel and received warmed waters resulting in strengthening.


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