Gift of Givers ready to aid Mozambique amid massive cyclone

Cyclone Idai

After landfall, Cyclone Idai is expected to track inland, bringing heavy rain to central Mozambique and potentially into eastern Zimbabwe.

The statement quotes a Southern Africa Regional weather analysis that says a deep and wide low pressure system in the Mozambique Channel developed into a Tropical Cyclone now named IDAI on March 11, at a distance of 900kms from southern Malawi border in Nsanje at a position 17.4 south and 43.2 East approximately west-north of Madagascar, with a south-westward movement towards Beira in Mozambique.

She spoke to reporters late Tuesday after a meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Maputo to discuss the deadly flooding.

There are 111 people with injuries, 18 hospitals destroyed, 938 classrooms destroyed and 9,763 students affected. Almost 85,000 hectares of crops have been flooded, affecting more than 57,800 smallholder farmers. 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.

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

WHILE South Africa is said to be spared most of the impacts of category 4 cyclone which is fast approaching the Mozambican coast, Durban-based emergency services officials are deploying to our coastal neighbour to provide rescue and relief aid. Storm-surge flooding may also spread farther up the river, inundating homes and businesses.

Now Malawi has been put on alert for more rain and flooding on Thursday when Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to make landfall through Beira, in neighbouring Mozambique, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said. Floods in 2000 claimed at least 800 lives while more than 100 were killed in 2015.

Idai, the tropical cyclone is now positioned in central Mozambique channels and is slowly progressing towards the Mozambique coast.

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