Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Mozambique: Death Toll Rising in Mozambique Flooding Crisis

Mozambique: Death Toll Rising in Mozambique Flooding Crisis

Chipiliro Khamula, spokesman for Malawi's Department of Disaster Management, said 56 deaths had been recorded as of Tuesday, as well as 577 injuries.

Prior to IDAI, Cyclone Haruna killed some 26 people in 2013 while hordes of thousands were displaced.

In Mozambique and neighboring Malawi, 122 people have died in cyclone-related rains according to a United Nations briefing issued on Thursday, making Idai the deadliest extreme weather event on Earth so far in 2019.

In February 2000, Cyclone Eline hit Mozambique when it was already devastated by its worst floods in three decades.

"This particular weather system is expected to give rise to significant rainfall over Masvingo, Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Mashonaland Central provinces and may result in increased risk of flooding and damage to homes sand infrastructure". More than 168 000 hectares of crops were destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.

"Sixteen accommodation centres have been opened in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete to accommodate the displaced", Comoana said. Electricity and water may be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm.

A light aircraft has been dispatched with a team of specialists to Malawi to establish the exact humanitarian assistance required.

Delaware-based energy giant Anadarko and South African petrochemical group Sasol have significant investments in major liquefied natural gas projects off northern Mozambique, but these are now out of harm's way.

"The government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai, expected to reach the country between Thursday to Friday", said cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana.

Authorities there have ordered the compulsory evacuation of people living in flood-prone areas.

The UN warned that cyclone Idai would bring strong winds, heavy rains and storm surges which would likely last through the weekend. The cyclone was located over the Mozambique Channel on 12 March and is expected to strengthen into intense tropical cyclone status (Category 4 equivalent) again prior to making landfall.

Like this: