Friday, 22 March, 2019

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

At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa. — AFP  File At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa. — AFP File
Jeannette Daniel | 15 March, 2019, 10:14

"Most of the displaced families are living in camps", Khamula said.

The storm made landfall on Mozambique's shore early Friday morning local time.

Malawi and Mozambique have requested assistance from the South African government following the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai in the two neighbouring countries.

At least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843 000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the United Nations said, prompting calls for emergency aid. Flooding has also destroyed more than 5,700 homes and impacted more than 140,000 people in the southern African country.

In Mozambique, 111 people have been injured, 18 hospitals destroyed, 938 classrooms destroyed and 9,763 students affected.

News24 reported that Tropical Storm Dineo, with winds in excess of 166km/h, hit Mozambique in February.

Malawi floods kill 56, over 80000 displaced as cyclone approaches

Evacuations were ordered along coastal regions of the country as the cyclone approaches.

"Tropical Cyclone IDAI is expected to make a landfall over Beira in Mozambique which is 480kms to Nsanje Boma by Thursday 14 March, while dumping heavy rains overland in Mozambique including southern Malawi".

In Malawi, the government declared a state of emergency after 56 people died and hundreds of thousands were displaced by flooding, the Evening Standard reported.

"I have lost everything such that only these clothes I am wearing now are my only possessions, nothing else", Dorica Mateba, 83, told Al Jazeera. With the current population of Beira believed to be 250,000 and gusts of winds estimated to be over 250km/hour, Cyclone Idai is expected to be the largest the area has seen in a decade.

eNCA's Dasen Thathiah is in the country with more.

Tropical cyclones spin clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere, putting the city of half a million on the extremely risky and more intense side of the storm's eyewall, the zone of most powerful winds and where storm surge is maximized.

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