100 killed as Cyclone Idai heads into Zimbabwe…Malawi, Mozambique count costs


As per the experts, in another 12 hours, it will come to CAT I. As per the local time by late night of Friday or early morning of Saturday it would enter eastern Zimbabwe. "Elsewhere, it should be partly cloudy", read the statement. Expected rainfall of 300mls to 350mls is being predicted.

Winds of 167 km/h have accompanied the tropical storm IDAI.

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. If this scenario is realized, thousands of homes and businesses will be underwater - particularly just south of Beira's airport - with more than 1,000 residents potentially displaced.

The MSD urged members of the public to follow official communication channels for accurate information and to ignore messages spread from unauthorised sources. 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.

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"It [Idai] is on its way to Beira, it's going to make landfall tonight", South African Weather Service forecaster Jan Vermeulen told News24 on Thursday. Children must be supervised and never play near pools, rivers and streams. In Mozambique, authorities report needs related to food, water, shelter, education, seeds and health.

"For those living in cities and towns, the usual fire and ambulance services can be alerted in cases of emergencies".

Late on Wednesday, Mozambique's national carrier LAM said it was cancelling all flights to Beira and Quelimane, which is also on the coast, as well as to Chomoio, which is inland.

As Tropical Cyclone Idai comes back ashore in southern Africa, flooding from the system that became the storm has killed 122 people in Mozambique and Malawi, making it the deadliest weather disaster of 2019.