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13 Mar 2019 description

Highlights

• The Coordinating Council of Disaster Management activated on 11 March the Institutional Red Alert for the central region of the country;

• Government estimated US$ 18 million for food and nonfood items that might be needed for the potential response of population at risk;

• At least 15 deaths reported, and 103,169 people were affected by the floods in Zambézia, Tete and Niassa provinces;

• At least 17,095 people are displaced in Zambezia, Tete and Niassa sheltered in 15 transit centers;

13 Mar 2019 description

JTWC Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 18S (IDAI), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 188 NM NORTH OF EUROPA ISLAND, HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 07 KNOTS (KTS) OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS.THERE IS HIGH CONFIDENCE IN THE INITIAL POSITION BASED ON A 14 NM WIDE RAGGED EYE IN ANIMATED ENHANCED INFRARED (EIR) SATELLITE IMAGERY.THE INITIAL INTENSITY OF 100 KTS IS HEDGED BETWEEN MULTI-AGENCY DVORAK CURRENT INTENSITY ESTIMATES OF T5.0-T5.5 (90-102 KTS) AND REFLECTS THE IMPROVED CONVECTIVE STRUCTURE EVIDENT IN EIR IMAGERY.THE ENVIRONMENT IS FAVORABLE OVERALL WITH RADIAL OUTFLOW, LOW (10-15 KT) VERTICAL WIND SHEAR …

12 Mar 2019 description

Heavy rains over 5-8 March caused flooding in the Southern region of Malawi (Floodlist 8/3/2019; OCHA 9/3/2019). As of 10 March, at least 14 districts have been impacted, affecting approximately 468,650 people and displacing more than 31,700 people. At least 30 people have been killed and over 370 injured. Assessments are ongoing. (Xinhua 11/3/2019; Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) 10/3/2019). On 8 March, the president declared a state of disaster in the areas affected by ongoing rain and flooding (OCHA 9/3/2019).

12 Mar 2019 description

Nairobi/Geneva, 12 March 2019 — Mozambique is on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Idai barrels towards the country’s central coast. Red Cross disaster response teams in Zambesia and Sofala provinces are readying response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall towards the end of the week.

Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Regional Director for Africa for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said:

12 Mar 2019 description

… Provides relief items worth K21 million

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, made a donation of relief items to people affected by floods in the country.

The tax collecting body yesterday (Monday, 11th March, 2019) donated 299 bags of maize flour (each weighing 25kg), 500 bales of sugar and 400 bags of salt (each weighing 50kg). The relief items are worth K21 million. MRA has also made a donation of K2 million towards alleviating the suffering of the affected people.

12 Mar 2019 description

As of MONDAY, 11th March, 2019, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has recorded 45 deaths and 577 injuries. Two people have been reported missing.

A total of 147,958 households (approximately 739,790 people) have been affected and 15,185 households have been displaced. Most of the displaced families are living in camps and their relations' houses. So far, a total of 187 camps have been established in the affected districts.

Assessments to establish the extent of damage in all the 14 affected districts are still underway.

12 Mar 2019 description
  • After heavy rainfall and floods that affected the Southern Region of Malawi in the past week, the number of casualties continues to rise. According to UN OCHA, 30 people have died, 377 are injured and the number affected has reached 486 600, of which 30 000 are reportedly displaced.
  • The Department for Disaster Management Affairs (DoDmA), supported by humanitarian partners, is conducting search activities, rescue efforts and rapid needs assessments.
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rain with occasional thunderstorms are forecast in the affected areas.
12 Mar 2019 description
  • Tropical Cyclone IDAI is strengthening as it moves south-west over the northern Mozambique Channel. As of 12 March at 0.00 UTC, its centre was approximately 220 km west-southwest of Maintirano (Mahajanga Province, western Madagascar) and 520 km east of Quelimane (Zambezia Province, central Mozambique), with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h.

11 Mar 2019 description

SG/SM/19488

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and significant damage to people’s homes and livelihoods caused by heavy rains and flooding in Malawi.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Malawi.

11 Mar 2019 description
  • Tropical Cyclone IDAI-19 is moving south-southwest over the northern Mozambique Channel, strengthening. As of 11 March its centre was located approximatey 120 km north-west of Maintirano (Mahajanga Province, western Madagascar) and 370 km east-southeast of Angoche (Nampula Province, central Mozambique), with maximum sustained winds of 167 km/h.
  • Over the next 24 hours, TC IDAI-19 is forecast to move south-west over the Mozambique Channel, strengthening, with maximum sustained winds up to 210 km/h.