Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe.Civil Protection Unit issues floods warning

Malawi floods kill 56 over 80,000 displaced as cyclone approaches

But Mozambique is one of the most disaster-prone countries in Africa, and climate change is increasing the severity of flooding events there - as it is almost everywhere.

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.

News24 reported that an additional 45 people had died in Malawi as a result of flooding on Wednesday.

Storm Report SA said Cyclone Idai had regained major intensity during the night.

"Substantial devastation with massive flooding both from river and sea is expected" when Idai makes landfall, South African charity Gift of the Givers said, indicating it was ready to deploy 70 rescue staff, along with 4x4 vehicles, boats, and jetskis to help with rescue efforts.

South African officials are working with their counterparts in Mozambique through the National Joint Operations Centre to share information on the storm and its likely impact. 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.

Moreover, heavy rains, flash floods, and high velocity winds will remain a highlight throughout the storm's lifespan.

Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday.

The death toll from the flooding in Mozambique has risen to ten. "Idai, the tropical cyclone is now positioned in central Mozambique channels and is slowly progressing towards the Mozambique coast". Early Friday morning local time, the storm made landfall along the coast of Mozambique with maximum winds near 110 miles per hour. It followed Tropical Storm Desmond, which hit in January. The storm packs sustained winds of 115 miles per hour and threatens a month's worth of rainfall for an already waterlogged region - the makings of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.



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