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Evacuation plans for certain areas in Moz due to Cyclone Idai

Evacuation plans for certain areas in Moz due to Cyclone Idai”

Mozambique is prone to extreme weather events and as the storm approached, the coastal city of Beira was hit by winds of more than 170 kph, the National Meteorological Institute said, with Radio Mocambique reporting several homes had been destroyed and roads cut off.

"It [Idai] is on its way to Beira, it's going to make landfall tonight", South African Weather Service forecaster Jan Vermeulen told News24 on Thursday. The storm was also expected to hit parts of neighbouring Malawi. After landfall, Cyclone Idai is expected to track inland, bringing heavy rain to central Mozambique and potentially into eastern Zimbabwe.

Mozambique cabinet spokesperson Ana Comoana said the "government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai, expected to reach the country between Thursday to Friday".

The MSD urged members of the public to follow official communication channels for accurate information and to ignore messages spread from unauthorised sources. "Cyclone Idai is expected to be the largest the area will see in a decade". In Mozambique, more than 103,100 people have been affected (more than 48,000 people in Zambezia, more than 51,200 in Tete and almost 3,900 in Niassa), with 15 deaths recorded.

"In case of strong winds, it is safer to shelter in houses with the strongest roofs and to close all windows and doors". It is calling for a devastating 10- to 14-foot storm surge, with destructive waves and surf that could propel water even higher. Children must be supervised and never play near pools, rivers and streams.

"We don't have any communications from the area".

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.

Weather service Windy.com showed that the storm was off the east coast of Mozambique, with winds already in excess of 100km/h.



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