115 killed so far by floods in SA, Mozambique, Malawi

At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa. — AFP  File

At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa. — AFP File

"Masvingo, Manicaland, Mashonaland East and central provinces should start experiencing cloudy and windy conditions with isolated thundershowers".

"Substantial devastation with massive flooding both from river and sea is expected" when Idai makes landfall, South African charity Gift of the Givers said, indicating it was ready to deploy 70 rescue staff, along with 4x4 vehicles, boats, and jetskis to help with rescue efforts. "Elsewhere, it should be partly cloudy", read the statement.

"Gusts of winds estimated to be over 250km hour are set to lash the coastline with an expected rainfall of 300 - 350ml".

Tropical Cyclone Idai, which formed over the Northern Mozambique Channel on 9 March, is expected to make landfall near Beira on 14 or 15 March.

"But more importantly, only if a call is made by the Mozambican Government for urgent assistance", the organisation's founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, said.

Malawi floods kill 56, over 80000 displaced as cyclone approaches

The MSD urged members of the public to follow official communication channels for accurate information and to ignore messages spread from unauthorised sources.

Storm Report South Africa reported that an overall RED alert was issued for Mozambique and red score by GDACS.

Cyclones are typical for Mozambique at this time of year, but there are concerns that the weather patterns have been increasing in intensity. More than a million people have already been directly affected by the disaster.

"In case of strong winds, it is safer to shelter in houses with the strongest roofs and to close all windows and doors. In rural areas, communities should contact local police, councillors or nearest clinic".

In Mozambique and neighboring Malawi, 122 people have died in cyclone-related rains according to a United Nations briefing issued on Thursday, making Idai the deadliest extreme weather event on Earth so far in 2019. At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa following torrential rains that have triggered flash floods.