Mozambique: Death Toll Rising in Mozambique Flooding Crisis

Cyclone Idai

Flooding from Tropical Cyclone Idai has left 122 people dead in Mozambique and Malawi.

Malawi and Mozambique have requested assistance from the South African government following the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai in the two neighbouring countries.

Ex-tropical cyclone Idai's eye has weakened significantly since landfall.

"Whenever we get tropical cyclones, it draws moisture away from the country, but this one - because it's further south - there's some moisture of the north eastern Limpopo", said Maliage.

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"We are expecting more than 100mm of rain in places; it could even reach 200mm or more in places".

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. With the current population of Beira believed to be 250,000 and gusts of winds estimated to be over 250km/hour, Cyclone Idai is expected to be the largest the area has seen in a decade.

Data from Windy.com showed the depression dumping rain in excess of 30mm.

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

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"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. "Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed", an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management told AFP.

And according to reports, the tropical cylcone was packing winds of more than 200km per hour.

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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