115 killed so far by floods in SA, Mozambique, Malawi

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 15, 2019

The initial system killed at least 66 people due to flooding in Mozambique, Agence France-Presse reported.

Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday. Rapid needs assessments are ongoing in the areas hardest-hit by rains and flooding to verify initial estimates regarding the number of people affected and determine the number of people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.

At least 126 people have been killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa as heavy rains hit southeastern Africa over the past week, affecting more than one million people, officials said.

Flooding in Malawi and Mozambique had affected almost 843,000 people and caused at least 60 deaths as of 11 March, according to preliminary reports from the respective Governments.

Flooding from the storm's first round inundated almost 650 square miles, destroyed 18 hospitals, 938 classrooms and injured 122 people.

"Sixteen accommodation centres have been opened in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete to accommodate the displaced", Comoana said. Almost 85,000 hectares of crops have been flooded, affecting more than 57,800 smallholder farmers.

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Nkhokwe said the and strong winds are expected to start from Thursday to Sunday mainly over southern areas of Malawi which are at a risk for locally damaging winds, flooding and significant travel disruptions as the Tropical Cyclone makes its way to Zimbabwe where it is expected to weaken and die on 18th March.

Another storm in 2015 left more than 100 people dead.

"It's an intense tropical cyclone; it will have winds of 105 knots (200km/h) when it makes landfall", said Vermeulen.

Cyclone Idai right now has sustained 110 miles per hour winds gusting to above 130 miles per hour, making it the equivalent of a strong Category 2 hurricane.

"Cyclone Idai made landfall at about midnight and is now lying north-west off Beira", said Jan Vermeulen, senior forecaster at South African Weather service.

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