Floods kill 66 in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi

Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday

Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday

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.

She spoke to reporters late Tuesday after a meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Maputo to discuss the deadly flooding.

In neighbouring Malawi, floods have already claimed 45 lives and left over 230,000 people without shelter.

"The public is advised to continue following weather updates issued from time to time by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services as it continues to monitor weather development over the country to ensure seamless use of weather information on all times to alert by the public and to be kept safe from any weather related threats", reads the statement issued by MET director Jolam Nkhokwe.

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.

More than 168,000 hectares (415,000 acres) of crops were destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.

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Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of relief organisation Gift of the Givers said Malawi and Mozambique have felt the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Idai since its inception on 9 March. Almost 1.6 million people are estimated to live in areas that could be impacted by high wind speeds ( 120km/h), according to the latest analysis from UNOSAT.

"The government needs 1.1 billion meticais (US$16m) to assist 80 000 families affected by the rains".

The Southern African country is prone to cyclones.

A potentially disastrous cyclone is set to make landfall in the African country of Mozambique, most likely bringing a devastating storm surge and flooding to the nation's fourth-largest city.

"The cyclone was located over the Mozambique Channel on March 12 and is expected to strengthen into intense tropical cyclone status (Category 4 equivalent) again prior to making landfall".

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