Cyclone Idai To Hit Zimbabwe This Weekend - MSD

A storm system lashes Mozambique

Malawi floods kill 56, over 80000 displaced as cyclone approaches

That would make it the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Mozambique since Tropical Cyclone Eline which struck the country in February 2000, claiming at least 800 lives.

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

"But more importantly, only if a call is made by the Mozambican Government for urgent assistance", the organisation's founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, 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. At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa following torrential rains that have triggered flash floods. Not only this, over 168 000 hectares of crops have been destroyed in Mozambique alone.

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"Sixteen accommodation centres have been opened in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete to accommodate the displaced", Comoana said. The water level is expected to rise in the next three days and may surpass the alert level in the Licungo, Zambeze, Pungoe and Buzi river basins. In Mozambique, authorities report needs related to food, water, shelter, education, seeds and health. However, access has been damaging due to extensive damage to roads.

Disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers, says it is on high alert and ready to assist in Mozambique, where Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to make landfall. Gusts of winds estimated to be over 250km hour are set to lash the coastline with an expected rainfall of 300 - 350mls.

Tropical cyclones spin clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere, putting the city of half a million on the extremely risky and more intense side of the storm's eyewall, the zone of most powerful winds and where storm surge is maximized. 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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