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Emergency Update: Tropical Cyclone Idai Makes Landfall in Mozambique

Even prior to coming ashore, Cyclone Idai was the deadliest storm system to occur this year, with flooding-related fatalities in both Madagascar and Mozambique.

Floodwaters had already inundated the Zambezia Province of  Mozambique earlier this week, prior to Cyclone Idai making landfall Thursday evening. Officlals are working to get a clearer picture of the storm's damage, and the response required. (Photo courtesy of Zambezia Health Department)
Floodwaters had already inundated the Zambezia Province of  Mozambique earlier this week, prior to Cyclone Idai making landfall Thursday evening. Officlals are working to get a clearer picture of the storm's damage, and the response required. (Photo courtesy of Zambezia Health Department)

Cyclone Idai was already the deadliest storm system in 2019 before it made landfall on Thursday evening in central Mozambique, and damage reports are only just beginning to come in. Prior to Thursday, 66 people had died in Mozambique and 56 in Malawi from Idai system-related flooding.

An estimated 500,000 people weathered the cyclone in total darkness as the eye passed directly over the Mozambique City of Beira, bringing sustained winds of 109 mph and wind gusts up to 132 mph, according to the national weather service of Mozambique.

Damage assessments are just beginning, and parts of Zambezia and Sofala provinces had already been inundated with flooding when the cyclone made landfall. It is likely the vast areas of flood water are isolating many communities, which may severely hamper relief efforts over the next week.

Floodwaters inundated the Zambezia Province of  Mozambique earlier this week, prior to Cyclone Idai making landfall. (Photo courtesy of Zambezia Health Department)

Direct Relief is communicating with local partners, including the Real Medicine Foundation, which has a long-running mobile medical outreach program in partnership with the Zambezia Ministry of Health. Direct Relief has offered medical support to the Zambezia Ministry of Health via its local partner and they will also be reaching out to health authorities in Sofala province.

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