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Picture: Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar | Tropical Cyclone IDAI and Floods – Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) – DG ECHO Daily Map | 11/03/2019
Tropical storm Idai was intensifying off the western coast of Madagascar on Monday morning and is expected to hit the central Mozambican city of Beira on Thursday or Friday as a powerful tropical cyclone.
According to the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Mozambique, Idai could reach the status of a Category 4 tropical cyclone and there could be sustained wind speeds of 204 kilometres per hour. In addition, the weather company AccuWeather warns that “locations near Beira should be prepared for damaging winds and flooding rainfall. Long-duration power outages and travel shutdowns are possible”.
12/03 08h00: Past 24hr SSEC cloud tops (temp) IR animated satellite image. Tropical cyclone ‘Idai’ (CAT 4) on the move towards central Mozambique. pic.twitter.com/7fxwqbIexa
— Dullstroom Weather (@Dullsweather) March 12, 2019
The storm is then expected to head westward, threatening floods between Beira and the city of Chimoio.
The latest images of the intense #cyclone #idai are impressive! They reveal a powerful system with a regular eye of about thirty km in diameter.
In the wall of the eye, the winds at sea are estimated at 110 kt or 204 km / H (on 1 min) with gusts at 253 km / H! pic.twitter.com/tsslsysuEa
— Caribbean disaster (@BagalueSunab) March 11, 2019
Central Mozambique has already been hit by heavy rains over recent days. There have been ten reported deaths in Zambezia, Tete, and Niassa provinces with 62,975 people affected and at least 10,512 people displaced. More flooding is expected especially along the Zambezi River which has reached critical levels.
— WFP Mozambique (@wfp_mozambique) March 11, 2019
The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Mozambique estimates that the recent heavy rains have inundated 83,318 hectares of crops, affecting 54,853 smallholder farmers. This looks likely to worsen as Mozambican authorities have warned that at least 120,000 people are at risk of heavy rains and flooding in the coming days, with 20,000 people at risk of moderate to high urban flooding in the cities of Beira, Quelimane, and Dondo. In addition, there is a risk of flooding in the Licungo, Zambezi, Pungoe and Buzi river basins which may affect more than 100,000 people.
On Monday, Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario will chair a high-level meeting to assess the situation and consider responses. It will have at its disposal data gathered from the European Union’s Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service which was activated on 9 March at the request of the World Food Programme.
#CARE #Mozambique #Flooding #Cyclone Eighteen. Storm already caused flooding in Mozambique and Malawi. 32,222 people affected , 4,242 people are displaced and 7 death in Zambezia and Tete provinces. Still worst to come for coastal regions as storms develops into cyclone. pic.twitter.com/FHTKKGG65c
— Marc Nosbach (@NosbachMarc) March 10, 2019
Tropical Storm Idai will bring flooding rain and strong winds to Madagascar & parts of the Mozambique coastline into early week.The storm will remain in an area favorable for strengthening over the next couple days: https://t.co/v6WvwlQrUm pic.twitter.com/GFYHSO7KZ0
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) March 10, 2019
— Malawi Government (@MalawiGovt) March 11, 2019
So. Indian Ocean – NASA’s Aqua Satellite Finds Tropical Cyclone #Idai in Mozambique Channel
Visible imagery from NASA’s Aqua satellite revealed the center of Tropical Cyclone Idai in the Mozambique Channel.
— NASAHurricane (@NASAHurricane) March 11, 2019