Cyclone set to hit Mozambique hard tonight, dozens already killed

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The statement quotes a Southern Africa Regional weather analysis that says a deep and wide low pressure system in the Mozambique Channel developed into a Tropical Cyclone now named IDAI on March 11, at a distance of 900kms from southern Malawi border in Nsanje at a position 17.4 south and 43.2 East approximately west-north of Madagascar, with a south-westward movement towards Beira in Mozambique.

Tropical Cyclone Idai is shown approaching landfall in Mozambique late Thursday.

The storm is expected to make landfall Thursday night near Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city, with 530,000 residents.

Regions of Mozambique have also already been affected by flooding.

According to the Saffir-Simpson scale Cyclone Idai is now and extremely unsafe category 4 storm and has explosively intensified in the past 8 hours which is expected to make landfall by tomorrow.

Winds of 167 km/h have accompanied the tropical storm IDAI.

Ex-tropical cyclone Idai's eye has weakened significantly since landfall.

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Delaware-based energy giant Anadarko and South African petrochemical group Sasol have significant investments in major liquefied natural gas projects off northern Mozambique, but these are now out of harm's way.

Government authorities in Mozambique have ordered a coastal evacuation and raised the national alert level to "institutional code red", its highest state of emergency.

According to the Mozambican Master Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017-2030, the Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management argues that over the last 20 years, the country has experienced increasing high intensity and frequency of extreme weather events.

And according to reports, the tropical cylcone was packing winds of more than 200km per hour.

"A team of 15 rescuers, including rescue technicians, advanced life support paramedics, and lifeguards, are on their way with six 4×4 vehicles, boats, and jet skis to assist the community".