Cyclone Idai: Storm hits City of Beira, Mozambique
Cyclone Idai, which is carrying heavy rains and winds of up to 170 km/h (106 mph), made landfall at the port city of Beira on Thursday evening.
Its 500,000 residents are now without electricity and communications have been severed, the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) says.
“Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed,” the agency told AFP.
The coastal town of Chinde, 400 km (250 miles) north-east of Beira was also badly hit, the INGC says. No deaths or injuries have been reported.
The cyclone is expected to move west to Malawi and Zimbabwe over the weekend.
It follows weeks of storms and heavy rains in Mozambique and Malawi that have killed more than 100 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
Spare a thought this morning for the people of #Beira and surrounding areas of central #Mozambique as #CycloneIdai hits the region. Thanks to #MozSARescue teams on their way to assist. Take care @DasenThathiah. pic.twitter.com/rqJyNETMbv
— Dan Moyane (@danmoyane) March 15, 2019
Beira has often seen the worst of the storms and has worked to limit the effects of rising waters brought about by climate change through a series of infrastructure projects.
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, a group linked to the World Bank and the UN, says Mozambique is the third most at-risk country in Africa when it comes to extreme weather.