Durban rescuers head for Mozambique as #CycloneIdai approaches

Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday

Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday

Cyclone Idai was bringing more floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi where scores of people have already been killed and tens of thousands displaced by floods over the past few weeks.

Paul Herbst of IPSS said: "The teams will be supported by Lenmed Maputo Private Hospital in the country today, thereafter heading north to Beira where the cyclone's epicenter will reach land closer to the weekend".

Some 62 975 people were affected by the floods in the provinces of Niassa, Tete and Zambezia.

The category 4 cyclone is due to make landfall on Thursday afternoon.

"There's some cloud and light rain; we're not expecting anything heavy".

"The public is advised to continue following weather updates issued from time to time by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services as it continues to monitor weather development over the country to ensure seamless use of weather information on all times to alert by the public and to be kept safe from any weather related threats", reads the statement issued by MET director Jolam Nkhokwe. "The main thing is wind damage and high waves that could go up to 10m", said Vermeulen, adding that storm surges were also a concern. We're still waiting for news from officials in Mozambique.

Flooding in Malawi and Mozambique had affected almost 843,000 people and caused at least 60 deaths as of 11 March, according to preliminary reports from the respective Governments. 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.

Weather service Windy.com showed that the storm was off the east coast of Mozambique, with winds already in excess of 100km/h.

According to the Mozambican Master Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017-2030, the Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management argues that over the last 20 years, the country has experienced increasing high intensity and frequency of extreme weather events.

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