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


The news agency says domestic flights to several destinations have been cancelled as a safety precaution.

Tropical Cyclone Idai bore down on Mozambique's coast as it prepared to make landfall for a second time since causing flooding in southern Africa last week that killed at least 60 people.

On Thursday afternoon a storm surge warning was issued for Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city, which is situated on the northern bank of the massive Pungwe river.

According to the Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management, the National Operational Emergency Centre (CENOE) is prepared for extreme weather events and in 2017, the CENOE demonstrated the use of drones to allow teams to assess the impact and scale of natural disasters.

Mozambique has been lashed by strong winds and widespread rain as a tropical cyclone loses power after making landfall in the country. Although many have been moved from villages and other settlements to safer shelters, we are aware that there are still a lot of communities needing urgent support.

Cyclone Idai is targeting Beira, Mozambique, a booming city of about 500,000 people.

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"There was no tsunami-type storm but Beira and Chinde (400 kilometres, 250 miles northeast of Beira on the coast) were badly hit".

Cyclone Eline, which hit the country in February 2000 when it was already devastated by its worst floods in three decades, killed 350 people and made 650,000 homeless across southern Africa. We worry that the fast-approaching tropical cyclone will result in further devastation.

Heavy rains and flooding across Malawi and Mozambique over the past 5 days have already affected almost 843,000 people; and caused at least 60 deaths according to preliminary reports from the respective Governments.

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

Mozambique has significant offshore liquefied natural gas projects underway in the north, but these are now out of harm's way.