Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mozambique: Cyclone Idai kills 10, affects 62,975 people


March 12, 2019: Flooding caused by tropical cyclone Idai has claimed lives of 10 people and affected around 62,975 people in Mozambique.

Cyclone Idai has currently intensified to that of a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans. At its peak intensity, Idai's strength may be equal to a super typhoon or a strong Category 4 or even a Category 5 hurricane, AccuWeather reported.

According to AccuWeather, Idai is now expected to strike central Mozambique on Friday. "At least 120,000 people are at risk of flooding and heavy rains in the coming days," the UN said.

Following the current projection, residents of Beira, Chiloane, Nova Sofala and Chinde will be at high risk from the cyclone Idai.

The precursor of Idai affected Malawi and Mozambique. At least 28 people died, and 377 others were injured due to flooding in Malawi

According to Chipiliro Khamula, a spokesman for Malawi's Department of Disaster Management in the Ministry of Homeland Security, around 124 people have been missing in recent disaster.