Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Cyclone Idai to hit Zim

Cyclone Idai to hit Zim

Reports say the cyclone, which will hit the coast of Mozambique on Thursday, will become a category three cyclone as it moves inland and would downgrade to category one.

The number of people killed in floods in southern Malawi has risen to 56, an official said on Wednesday, with the country now also on alert for an approaching tropical cyclone.

She spoke to reporters late on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Maputo to discuss the emergency.

In neighbouring Malawi, floods have left over 230 000 people without shelter and affected around 739 000 people, according to the UN.

However, in a statement issued today, the agency said SA will have its own, unrelated weather challenges such as possible heavy rains and localised flash flooding in some parts of the country.

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. Almost 85,000 hectares of crops have been flooded, affecting more than 57,800 smallholder farmers.

Malawi floods kill 56, over 80000 displaced as cyclone approaches

Authorities there have ordered the compulsory evacuation of people living in flood-prone areas.

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

"The government needs 1.1 billion meticais (US$16m) to assist 80 000 families affected by the rains".

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of relief organisation Gift of the Givers said Malawi and Mozambique have felt the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Idai since its inception on 9 March.

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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