Loss in communications after Cyclone Idai lashes Mozambican port

Durban rescuers lend a hand to Mozambique as Cyclone Idai approaches

Rapid needs assessments are ongoing in the areas hardest-hit by rains and flooding to verify initial estimates regarding the number of people affected and determine the number of people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.

At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa following torrential rains that have triggered flash floods. Cyclone Idai is predicted to be the strongest to make landfall in Mozambique since Eline.

The storm is expected to make landfall Thursday night near Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city, with 530,000 residents.

Evacuations were ordered along coastal regions of the country as the cyclone approaches.

As Tropical Cyclone Idai comes back ashore in southern Africa, flooding from the system that became the storm has killed 122 people in Mozambique and Malawi, making it the deadliest weather disaster of 2019.

At this stage if anything should be affecting the North Eastern parts of South-Africa, Storm Report SA will update promptly.

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According to the Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management, the National Operational Emergency Centre (CENOE) is prepared for extreme weather events and in 2017, the CENOE demonstrated the use of drones to allow teams to assess the impact and scale of natural disasters.

Cyclones are typical for Mozambique at this time of year, but there are concerns that the weather patterns have been increasing in intensity.

Delaware-based energy giant Anadarko and South African petrochemical group Sasol have significant investments in major liquefied natural gas projects off northern Mozambique, but these are now out of harm's way.

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

Rescue Care Paramedics Media spokesperson, Garrith Jamieson said 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.

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