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Mozambique: ACAPS Briefing Note: Mozambique - Tropical Cyclone IDAI (15 March 2019)

Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Mozambique
Tropical Cyclone Idai that developed from a tropical depression beginning on 9 March made landfall on the evening of 14 March through Beira city, Sofala province, central Mozambique. 600,000 people are estimated to be affected. Heavy rains and flooding over recent days have already affected 141,000 people, displaced 17,100 and killed 66 people.
Stronger winds, storm surge and heavy rains are expected to affect the provinces of Zambezia, Sofala, Tete, Manica and Niassa until 17 March. 15 transit centres have been set up in Zambezia and Tete to assist the displaced population. Anticipated scope and scale Significant flooding is still expected as the tropical cyclone Idai moves inland towards Manica province. 160,000 people are at risk due to the expected rise in water levels in the Zambezi,
Licungo, Pungoe and Buzi river basins. Most districts in Zambezia, Sofala, Manica, Tete and Inhabane will be affected by strong winds (150 km/h) and heavy rains (up to 150 mm in 24 hours). Rains, thunderstorms and strong winds will also impact district in Niassa, Cabo Delgado and North of Tete. A storm surge of 4 metres is expected to hit the city of Beira, with a much higher tide at the mouth of the Pungwe River likely to cause extensive flooding and potential loss of lives. Key priorities 600’000
people affected by the cyclone (estimate) +17 000
displaced (9-14 March) +12’000
homes and classrooms damaged 85,000
hectares of crops destroyed


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