Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai could be the worst weather related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere. Hundreds of people had been killed and hundreds of thousands were affected by this storm.

The cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, destroying anything in its path.

The storm made landfall near the port city of Beira in Mozambique’s Sofala province on 14th of March. Winds were up to 177 km/h (106 mph), and it was bringing rapid rainfalls.

Map showing areas affected by flooding caused by Cyclone Idai

 

There were devastating amounts of floods, including how deep they were. Some floods were up to 6 meters deep (19 feet). The current flood zone is estimated to cover 3,000 sq km (1,200 sq miles).

Nearly two million people have been affected.

The WFP believes 1.7 million people in the country will eventually need help as a result of the disaster.

 

Satellite image of Cyclone Idai as it hit the coast of Mozambique

The situation could get worse for Mozambique and Zimbabwe, as heavy rainfall is set to continue.

The storm hit eastern Zimbabwe, killing dozens of people while 200,000 were affected by it.

Map showing flooding in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe

 

Many roads and bridges were collapsed and homes destroyed.

Satellite image of areas of Zimbabwe affected by Cyclone Idai

 

Fortunately Malawi was not struck directly, the cyclone caused heavy rainfall. The UN says more than 80,000 people have been displaced.

Satellite image of Cyclone Idai as it hit the coast of Mozambique

 

It formed off the eastern coast of Mozambique in early March and hit Africa’s coast the first time before it headed out back into the sea.

It intensified, weakened and intensified again before hitting the Mozambique coast for a second time on 14 March.

Cyclone Idai could be the worst weather related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.

 

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