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Mozambique: Tropical Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique

Source: World Meteorological Organization Country: Mozambique
Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall on 14 March at 23.30 GMT, close to Beira City in Mozambique. Heavy rainfall, strong winds (above 150 km/h) and storm surge estimated at 2.5m height affected the region. Initial reports indicated more than 100 deaths, and hundreds of thousands of people impacted. WMO’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) La Reunion (Meteo France) had described the cyclone as extremely dangerous, especially if the life threatening storm surge coincided with high tide in a “worst case scenario. The worst-case scenario was narrowly avoided owing mostly to the few hours delay of landfall compared to high tide. Idai weakened after landfall and headed on a West-North-West track towards Zimbabwe, causing heavy rains expected to last for the next few days. Beira and other districts of Sofala province are facing power and communication outages, according to initial reports from the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) and Directorate of Analysis and Weather Forecast (DAPT). Several villages have been cut off from the mainland by tidal surge, according to media reports. The full extent of the damage caused by Cyclone Idai’s landfall is not yet known. However, preliminary information indicates that destruction and interruption of services are highly likely, including: 1) damage to schools and health facilities, 2) damages to crops, including about 168,000 hectares of crops already impacted by flooding in early March, which will undermine food security and nutrition, 3) water supply destruction and interruption due to heavy winds and 4) heightened risk of water borne diseases due to damage to sanitation facilities and prevalence of unsafe 5) destruction of houses and loss of non-food items.


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