Floods kill 10 in Mozambique as cyclone Idai lashes heavy rains

Tropical Cyclone Idai's location as at lunch time today

Intense tropical cyclone Idai is now over the northern parts of the Mozambique channel and is expected to move slowly south-west into parts of Mozambique over the next couple of days... Sign up here for our free Daily Updates.

The cyclone is expected to lash the country with heavy rain and strong winds in the northern parts. Current satellite imagery indicates Idai to be located at the central parts of the Mozambique channel (located at 18.4 degrees south and 41.8 degrees east at 08:00 SAST) with a central pressure of 973 hPa and a maximum average wind speed of 70 knots (140km/h).

Idai is expected to produce about triple the amount of rain that fell during the devastating October 2018 Gauteng storms.

National authorities are working closely with worldwide organizations to assess the situation.

"We even have a NATJOC - they come together and distribute information to all relevant countries".

According to Windy.com, the cyclone will travel in a southerly direction and weaken substantially by Friday when peak wind speed is expected to drop to 70km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Idai’s expected landfall trajectory
Tropical Cyclone Idai’s expected landfall trajectory

Mozambique is regularly hit by cyclones.

It followed Tropical Storm Desmond, which hit in January of the same year.

To secure property and lives, the public should therefore take precautions measures such as moving to higher grounds when weather levels have started rising, avoid crossing flooding rivers and not seeking shelter under trees and weak infrastructures, he said. Cyclone Eline battered Mozambique in the year 2000.

Phakula warned that storms can be unpredictable.

Although some uncertainty exists for both the timing and location of the system, guidance from La Reunion indicates that it will make landfall near the Beira area.

It may possibly also affect far eastern Zimbabwe, but would be too far north to affect South Africa.

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