Cyclone Idai Churns Towards Mozambique

Storm brings flooding, which has killed 10 people in flood-prone regions in the country, and the cyclone is expected to make landfall on Saturday.


Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai is moving through the Mozambique Channel towards the country's east coast.

Mozambique is bracing for continued flooding from Cyclone Idai, which is expected to make landfall on Saturday, and rainfall has already inundated several flood-prone parts of the country.

At least 10 people have died in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete as a result of the flooding, according to the United Nations, and the cyclone is expected to strengthen into at Category 3 storm with wind speeds up to 130 miles per hour.

Nearly 2 million people are expected to experience at least Category 1 storm conditions, which can bring heavy rains and winds of at least 74 miles per hour.

Cyclonic activity periodically impacts the country, and in 2015, Cyclone Chedza lead to more than 80 deaths.

Direct Relief has healthcare partners throughout the region, including the Hospital Central de Maputo and Focus Fistula.

Direct Relief will be reaching out to the Mozambique Ministry of Health throughout the week and is ready to respond should aid be requested.

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