Publicado: Sáb, Marcha 16, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Malawi floods kill 56, over 80000 displaced as cyclone approaches

Malawi floods kill 56, over 80000 displaced as cyclone approaches

The government, with support from local and global partners, is providing assistance to people already displaced by floods, but access is being impeded by road damage, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

A powerful tropical storm made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday evening, battering a coastal city with heavy rain and wind at speeds of up to up 170km/h and injuring several people. The cyclone was located over the Mozambique Channel on 12 March and is expected to strengthen into intense tropical cyclone status (Category 4 equivalent) again prior to making landfall.

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

Storm Report SA said Cyclone Idai had regained major intensity during the night.

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. South Africa has, through President Cyril Ramaphosa, received humanitarian and search and rescue requests from his counterparts in both Malawi and Mozambique.

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Matabeleland is a region which covers a considerable part of the south western plateau of Zimbabwe. But Mozambique is one of the most disaster-prone countries in Africa, and climate change is increasing the severity of flooding events there - as it is almost everywhere.

Over the ocean, the winds whipped up waves in excess of 10m, but these should reduce as the storm weakens.

The Mozambican government's emergency services have yet to give an update on the situation.

South African officials are working with their counterparts in Mozambique through the National Joint Operations Centre to share information on the storm and its likely impact.

Rescue Care Paramedics Media spokesperson, Garrith Jamieson said a team of 15 rescuers including rescue technicians, advanced life support paramedics and lifeguards are on their way with six 4X4 vehicles, boats and jet skis to assist the community.

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