Floods kill 66 in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi

Storm Mozambique

The MSD said Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to take a north-westerly direction moving further inland and reaching some parts of the country.

Weather service Windy.com showed that the storm was off the east coast of Mozambique, with winds already in excess of 100km/h.

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

The floods in one of Africa's poorest countries have already destroyed 5,756 homes, affecting 15,467 households and 141,325 people.

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

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. More than 168 000 hectares of crops were destroyed, the government spokeswoman added. Almost 1.6 million people are estimated to live in areas that could be impacted by high wind speeds ( 120km/h), according to the latest analysis from UNOSAT.

THE eastern parts of the country should expect rainfall and windy conditions with effect from today as Cyclone Idai hits the country, the Meteorological Services Department, said yesterday.

Almost 17,100 people are estimated to be displaced in Zambezia, Tete and Niassa, who are sheltering in 15 transit centres, and almost 12,500 houses are reported to have been destroyed.

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

Another storm in 2015 left more than 100 people dead.

The category 4 cyclone is due to make landfall on Thursday afternoon.

Residents in central Mozambique were on Thursday bracing for a tropical cyclone described as "extremely dangerous" by weather experts, with imminent landfall expected near the port city of Beira, which has a population of about 530,000 people.

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.

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