115 killed so far by floods in SA, Mozambique, Malawi

115 killed so far by floods in SA, Mozambique, Malawi

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

"If the projected movement of the cyclone is maintained, this should continue to bring moisture over most parts of Zimbabwe with significant rainfall (at least 30 mm in 24 hours) over Masvingo, Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Mashonaland Central", it said. Rapid needs assessments are ongoing in the areas hardest-hit by rains and flooding to verify initial estimates regarding the number of people affected and determine the number of people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.

As Tropical Cyclone Idai comes back ashore in southern Africa, flooding from the system that became the storm has killed 122 people in Mozambique and Malawi, making it the deadliest weather disaster of 2019. More than 168 000 hectares of crops were destroyed, the government spokeswoman added. Electricity and water may be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm.

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.

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The MSD said Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to take a north-westerly direction moving further inland and reaching some parts of the country.

Authorities there have ordered the compulsory evacuation of people living in flood-prone areas. The experts have to say that on entering Zimbabwe this Cyclone Idai can either be a storm or can even weaken into a Deep Depression which still would give heavy rains, wherein the windspeed will be exceeding 80-100 kmph.

"Substantial devastation with massive flooding both from river and sea is expected" when Idai makes landfall, South African charity Gift of the Givers said, indicating it was ready to deploy 70 rescue staff, along with 4x4 vehicles, boats, and jetskis to help with rescue efforts.

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