Historic return of rhinos to Mozambique
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The non-governmental organisation (NGO) Oikos said on Tuesday that tropical storm Chalane, which is on its way to Mozambique, is expected to affect 1.5 million people, putting 430,000 Mozambicans at risk.
“Oikos met with humanitarian partners on the ground this morning and it is estimated that 1.5 million people will be affected and 430,000 will be at risk,” a note sent to Lusa said. “The Portuguese NGO team is in local coordination with the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, preparing to act and support the population.
Tropical Cyclone #Chalane is rapidly approaching Mozambique
Latest from WMO RSMC La Reunion forecasts landfall just to the north of the city of #Beira later tonight or early tomorrow
Beira was severely impacted by Cyclone Idai in March 2019
— World Meteorological Organization (@WMO) December 29, 2020
Mozambique’s National Meteorological Institute issued an alert about the storm, which is now in the Mozambique channel and which may evolve to the point of a severe tropical storm (cyclone) and reach the Mozambican coast on Wednesday, especially the provinces of Zambézia and Sofala, in the centre of the country.
According to the organisation, the storm is expected to hit the city of Beira, Sofala province, on Wednesday at 5 am, with winds of between 90 and 100 kilometres per hour.
The Oikos scenario is that 8,215 schools and 875 health facilities will be affected.
Between October and April, Mozambique is often hit by cyclonic winds from the Indian Ocean and floods from southern African watersheds, and droughts that almost always affect some parts of the south of the country.
Esta foto é de 2019 mas ameaça repetir-se. A Oikos reuniu esta manhã com parceiros humanitários no terreno, estimando-se…
— Weather🌩️by AfriWX (@afriwx) December 29, 2020
#TropicalStorm #Chalane is on the verge of #Cyclone status. It is expected to bring significant impacts to #Mozambique with strong winds and heavy rainfall. A video update will be released within the next few hours with the latest.#Force13 #ForceThirteen pic.twitter.com/iob2Pwc0Qz
— Force Thirteen (@ForceThirteen) December 29, 2020
300.000 pessoas estão em risco. Já há 814 refúgios temporários preparados para abrigar as pessoas que estão a ser evacuadas das zonas de maior perigo.#chalane #mozambique #HumanitarianAid https://t.co/nTvkFeGaXy pic.twitter.com/vkVV5oUlZg
— Oikos (@OikosONGD) December 29, 2020
Severe Tropical Storm #Chalane is continuing to strengthen and will make landfall in about 24 hours near the city of Beira in #Mozambique. This is the same area devastated by Cyclone Idai in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/6qCXa0A8Hv
— Met Office Storms (@metofficestorms) December 29, 2020
#Chalane is now a severe TS over the Mozambique Channel and can become a tropical cyclone or category 1 hurricane equivalent before striking central #Mozambique on Wednesday. The storm can be problematic for areas still trying to recover from #Idai back in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/VD2IUydkDG
— Jason Nicholls (@jnmet) December 29, 2020