World

Cyclone Idai: Mozambique city of Beira hit by storm

Nasa satellite image showing the arrival of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, 14 March 2019Image copyright
NASA

People living in one of Mozambique’s largest cities have been cut off by a huge storm.

Cyclone Idai, which is carrying heavy rains and winds of up to 170 km/h (106 mph), made landfall at the port city of Beira on Thursday evening.

Its 500,000 residents are now without electricity and communications have been severed, the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) says.

The cyclone is expected to move west to Malawi and Zimbabwe over the weekend.

It follows a week of storms and heavy rains in in Mozambique and Malawi that have killed more than 100 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Beira is the fourth-largest city in Mozambique and its port sits on the mouth of the Pungwe river, that runs to Zimbabwe.

How bad is the damage?

Images posted on social media show significant damage to Beira, with makeshift roofs blown away and trees uprooted:

“Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed,” the INGC told AFP.

Five people have been injured, according to local media.

The coastal town of Chinde, 400 km (250 miles) north-east of Beira was also badly hit, the INGC says. Nearby villages have been cut off from the mainland by a two-metre tidal surge, according to Reuters news agency.

All domestic flights were cancelled on Thursday as Mozambique braced for the storm.

Image copyright
AFP

Mozambique has been struck by severe cyclones in the past, including Eline in 2000, when 350 people died and 650,000 were displaced across the wider region.

Beira has often seen the worst of the storms and has worked to limit the effects of rising waters brought about by climate change through a series of infrastructure projects.

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, a group linked to the World Bank and the UN, says Mozambique is the third most at-risk country in Africa when it comes to extreme weather.

*This section only applies to third party rss feed users*
Kashmir Broadcasting Corporation allows the use of RSS Feeds, but with our content usage we expect that credit is given, but in the event that it is not. This content policy annotation will act as a credit towards KBC (Kashmir Broadcasting Corporation) Please visit kbcchannel.tv for more news and articles — we can not justify what is written on a third party site, as the content can be altered to their specification, if something is not authentic as it should be please visit kbcchannel.tv and look for the original content. if it is no longer there then it can no longer be associated with Kashmir Broadcasting Corporation and if the content on a third party site has been altered to the point of offence or deemed inappropriate please report it to KBC via email: report@kbcchannel.tv or fill the submission form on kbc’s website: https://www.kbcchannel.tv/report-form/ with the details of the site and article heading — Thank You

Website — https://www.kbcchannel.tv/
FaceBook — https://www.facebook.com/kbcchanneltv
Twitter — https://twitter.com/kbcchanneltv
YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV6TFLe3dGbavSYilnC2paQ
Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/kbcchanneltv/

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker
%d bloggers like this: