Durban rescuers lend a hand to Mozambique as Cyclone Idai approaches

Malawi floods kill 56, over 80000 displaced as cyclone approaches

Nkhokwe said the and strong winds are expected to start from Thursday to Sunday mainly over southern areas of Malawi which are at a risk for locally damaging winds, flooding and significant travel disruptions as the Tropical Cyclone makes its way to Zimbabwe where it is expected to weaken and die on 18th March.

She spoke to reporters late Tuesday after a meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Maputo to discuss the deadly flooding.

However, in a statement issued today, the agency said SA will have its own, unrelated weather challenges such as possible heavy rains and localised flash flooding in some parts of the country. Not only this, over 168 000 hectares of crops have been destroyed in Mozambique alone. Almost 1.6 million people are estimated to live in areas that could be impacted by high wind speeds ( 120km/h), according to the latest analysis from UNOSAT.

More than 75,900 people are estimated to be displaced, with many ad hoc camps established and people living out in the open as their houses have been destroyed.

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Flooding in Malawi and Mozambique had affected almost 843,000 people and caused at least 60 deaths as of 11 March, according to preliminary reports from the respective Governments.

"The government needs 1.1 billion meticais ($16 million) to assist 80,000 families affected by the rains".

"Cabinet urges the public to exercise extreme caution during storms and heavy weather, and not attempt to cross flooded roads, bridges and rivers". Floods in 2000 claimed at least 800 lives while more than 100 were killed in 2015.

DURBAN rescue professionals are on their way to Beira on Mozambique's coastline where Cyclone Idai, the largest one in a decade, is expected to hit tomorrow, Thursday, 14 March.

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