Cyclone Idai

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)

In Brief

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Direct Relief is coordinating with local partners in Mozambique to move emergency medical supplies into the affected area.

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