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Mozambique lashed with rain, strong winds as cyclone loses power

Mozambique lashed with rain, strong winds as cyclone loses power

Cyclone Idai was bringing more floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi where scores of people have already been killed and tens of thousands displaced by floods over the past few weeks.

The South African Weather Service (Saws) have confirmed Cyclone Idai will not pose a threat to South Africa. "The cyclone is set to affect Beira, which is on the coastline of Mozambique".

"Cyclone Idai made landfall at about midnight and is now lying north west off Beira", said Jan Vermeulen, senior forecaster at the SA Weather Service. The cyclone was located over the Mozambique Channel on 12 March and is expected to strengthen into intense tropical cyclone status (Category 4 equivalent) again prior to making landfall.

"There's some cloud and light rain; we're not expecting anything heavy".

According to the Saffir-Simpson scale Cyclone Idai is now and extremely risky category 4 storm and has explosively intensified in the past 8 hours which is expected to make landfall by tomorrow. "Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed", an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management told AFP.

Winds of 167 km/h have accompanied the tropical storm IDAI.

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At least 100 people have been killed and close to a million affected by torrential rains in Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa as tropical cyclone Idai heads to Zimbabwe.

Mozambique is prone to extreme weather events.

Government authorities in Mozambique have ordered a coastal evacuation and raised the national alert level to "institutional code red", its highest state of emergency.

Mozambique ranks third among countries in Africa most susceptible to weather-related hazards, according to the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

News24 reported that Tropical Storm Dineo with winds in excess of 166km/h hit Mozambique in February 2018.

A team of 15 rescuers including rescue technicians, advanced life support paramedics and lifeguards are on their way with six 4X4 vehicles, boats and jet skis to assist the community.