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Mozambique: Mozambique - Tropical Cyclone IDAI update (GDACS, JTWC, INAM, OCHA, Copernicus, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 15 March 2019)

Source: European Commission s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Tropical Cyclone IDAI made landfall on 14 March at 23.30 UTC close to Beira City. On 15 March at 0.00, its centre was located approximately 25 km north-west of Beira, with maximum sustained winds up to 167 km/h. Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge affected the coast of Sofala region. The European Commission #39;s Joint Research Centre estimated a maximum storm surge height of 2.5 metres in Beira. IDAI should weaken as it moves north-west towards Zimbabwe. Heavy rain, strong winds and severe thunderstorms are forecast across Zambezia, Sofala, Manica, Tete and Inhambane provinces, and eastern Zimbabwe. As of 15 March at 8.00 UTC, 141 000 peope have been affected by the weather system, 66 have died since flooding began at the beginning of the month, 111 injured and 17 100 displaced in Zambezia and Tete. Access remains challenging due to damaged roads and several houses in Beira have been destroyed. The European Commission #39;s Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated for IDAI on 15 March and the first maps are expected today. DG ECHO has deployed a technical expert to the affected region.


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