On 9 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai formed over the Northern Mozambique Channel. Tropical Cyclone Idai has regained intensity and is expected to make landfall near Beira City in central Mozambique today March 14) in the afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 180 to 190 kilometres per hour. Tropical Cyclone Idai is forecasted to bring strong winds, heavy rains and storm surge to Zambezia, Sofala, Manica and Inhambane Provinces in Mozambique from 14 to 17 March. Heavy rain and strong winds could also affect Niassa and Cabo Delgado provinces in the north of Mozambique, as well as eastern Zimbabwe and southern Malawi. The weather system caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1 million people and caused at least 122 deaths since early March across Malawi and Mozambique.
According to the forecast, it is very likely that the storm surge in Beira is going to be very destructive, with high wind speeds likely destroying many homes and infrastructure in the region. River flood forecasts are showing a high increase in river levels flowing to Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but reducing slowly in the river system coming from Malawi. According to the forecast, due to the cyclone trajectory, it is expected that flooding will be very slowly receding in Malawi, although there is a high risk of flash floods.
The National Society of Mozambique (CVM) have been mobilized, providing support to the evacuation centres and initial NFI distributions have been taking place. National Society members are focusing on early warning actions and preparing communities for the foreseen impact.
A DREF is being launched and a surge team (Surge TL and Surge Comms in Maputo already and other Surge team members departing from tomorrow) is on the ground working with the National Society to support the assessment and preliminary interventions.
It is anticipated that there will be additional requests for surge. The following profiles (among others possibly) are to be confirmed for coming alert messages in the coming day/s:
Please note that for future surge requests related to coordination profiles, Portuguese (or Spanish otherwise) will be required.
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