Gift of Givers ready to aid Mozambique amid massive cyclone

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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.

Chipiliro Khamula, spokesman for Malawi's Department of Disaster Management, said 56 deaths had been recorded as of Tuesday, as well as 577 injuries. 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.

"Accordingly, all communities in Masvingo, Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Central and other parts of the country that may be affected must maintain vigilance and are advised that every effort must be made to access weather updates and pay particular attention to information needs of people with disabilities and those with chronic illnesses", said the CPU. Pre-storm flooding in the country has already killed 66 people.

Almost 17,100 people are estimated to be displaced in Zambezia, Tete and Niassa, who are sheltering in 15 transit centres, and almost 12,500 houses are reported to have been destroyed.

More than 168,000 hectares of crops were also destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.

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The Malawian and Mozambican governments are leading humanitarian responses in their respective countries, supported by humanitarian partners. Flood water and food which has been in contact with flood water is not safe.

Now Malawi has been put on alert for more rain and flooding on Thursday when Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to make landfall through Beira, in neighbouring Mozambique, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said.

Now considered the deadliest weather disaster of 2019, Idai is expected to bring highly destructive winds, heavy rains in excess of two feet and a 20-foot storm surge.

Mozambique is prone to extreme weather events. The Civil Protection Unit evacuated more than 700 people who were marooned by floods in the district.

This system turned around and once again came back to Mozambique Channel and received warmed waters resulting in strengthening.

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