Mozambique Cyclone Idai: SA team prepares to leave for rescue mission

Rainfall accumulation as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique

According to recent report from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), the death toll from the floods and heavy rains has risen to 45 and over 577 injured and over 90,000 households affected.

More than 75,900 people are estimated to be displaced, with many ad hoc camps established and people living out in the open as their houses have been destroyed. In Mozambique, more than 103,100 people have been affected (more than 48,000 people in Zambezia, more than 51,200 in Tete and almost 3,900 in Niassa), with 15 deaths recorded.

Floods have already claimed 30 lives and left over 230,000 people without shelter in southern Malawi which borders Mozambique.

Some 10 512 people are displaced and sheltered in 15 transit centres.

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More than 168,000 hectares (415,000 acres) of crops were destroyed, the government spokeswoman added. Electricity and water may be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm.

Authorities are leading the response and together with the partners, providing humanitarian assistance to the affected population. The Government and partners are providing assistance to affected people.

DURBAN rescue professionals are on their way to Beira on Mozambique's coastline where Cyclone Idai, the largest one in a decade, is expected to hit tomorrow, Thursday, 14 March. Cyclone Idai was a disturbance earlier which from the Mozambique channel moved inland to parts of Mozambique and Malawi around March 8 causing hefty showers on March 8 and 9. The Civil Protection Unit evacuated more than 700 people who were marooned by floods in the district.

"The cyclone was located over the Mozambique Channel on March 12 and is expected to strengthen into intense tropical cyclone status (Category 4 equivalent) again prior to making landfall".

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