Mozambique's Cyclone Idai poses no threat to SA

15 Mars, 2019, 01:10 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday

Earlier on Thursday, News24 reported that a major cyclone was expected to make landfall in Mozambique in the evening, bringing with it high wind speeds and rain.

At least 66 people have been killed and 141,000 affected after heavy rains deluged central and northern Mozambique, the government has said as it appealed for funds to manage the crisis.

Meanwhile, 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.

She spoke to reporters late Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Maputo to discuss the emergency.

MeteoFrance warned that "the worst case scenario is very likely" in its most recent bulletin, issued Thursday just after noon Eastern time.

In Mozambique, 111 people have been injured, 18 hospitals destroyed, 938 classrooms destroyed and 9,763 students affected. More than 168 000 hectares of crops were destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.

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

"This storm has already triggered torrential rainfall that's led to over 100 fatalities in southern Malawi and Mozambique", according to Derek van Dam, reporting for CNN.

Mozambique is prone to extreme weather events.

Disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers, says it is on high alert and ready to assist in Mozambique, where Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to make landfall.

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

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