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Cyclone Idai To Hit Zimbabwe This Weekend - MSD

Cyclone Idai To Hit Zimbabwe This Weekend - MSD

Meanwhile, at least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843,000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the United Nations said, prompting calls for emergency aid.

She spoke to reporters late on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Maputo to discuss the emergency.

The floods in one of Africa's poorest countries have already destroyed 5,756 homes, affecting 15,467 households and 141,325 people.

MeteoFrance warned that "the worst case scenario is very likely" in its most recent bulletin, issued Thursday just after noon Eastern time.

There are 111 people with injuries, 18 hospitals destroyed, 938 classrooms destroyed and 9,763 students affected.

"Tropical Cyclone IDAI is expected to make a landfall over Beira in Mozambique which is 480kms to Nsanje Boma by Thursday 14 March, while dumping heavy rains overland in Mozambique including southern Malawi". Almost 85,000 hectares of crops have been flooded, affecting more than 57,800 smallholder farmers.

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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.

Some 62 975 people were affected by the floods in the provinces of Niassa, Tete and Zambezia.

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

The South African Weather Service says Mozambique's Cyclone Idai will not pose a threat to South Africa according to the South African Government News Agency. Floods in 2000 claimed at least 800 lives while more than 100 were killed in 2015.

According to the Saffir-Simpson scale Cyclone Idai is now and extremely unsafe category 4 storm and has explosively intensified in the past 8 hours which is expected to make landfall by tomorrow.