Major Damage in Mozambique Following Rare Cyclone

March 18, 2019

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC):

Beira/Nairobi/Geneva, 18 March 2019 — The scale of damage caused by cyclone Idai that hit the Mozambican city of Beira is massive and horrifying. This is the initial assessment of a team of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) aid workers that reached the devastated city yesterday.

Jamie LeSueur, who is leading the IFRC assessment team into Beira, said the following after taking part in a Red Cross aerial assessment:

“The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed.”

The IFRC team that arrived yesterday was among the first to arrive in Beira since Idai made landfall on 14/15 March. With Beira’s airport closed, the team drove from the capital Maputo before taking a helicopter for the last part of the journey. Roads into Beira have been cut off by flooding.

While the physical impact of Idai is beginning to emerge, the human impact is unclear.

“Almost everything is destroyed. Communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible,” said LeSueur.

“Beira has been severely battered. But we are also hearing that the situation outside the city could be even worse. Yesterday, a large dam burst and cut off the last road to the city.”

The Herald, Harare, Zimbabwe:

For doubting Thomases, Tropical Cyclone Idai brings vital lessons that climate change is now with us. The deadly cyclone, whose effects were mainly felt in Manicaland, left death and destruction of property in its wake.

The increase in cyclones and other extreme weather phenomena like droughts and floods, clearly indicate that climate change effects are intensifying.

Sheila Loudon Ross in her book “Weather and Climate: An Introduction” published in 2017, names climate change as “climate disruption, climate chaos and climate crisis”.

This definition fits well with Cyclone Idai’s crisis-induced weather, which has been preceded by unpredictable weather patterns, frequent droughts, floods, high temperatures and many other disruptive weather conditions in recent past.

While we cannot completely stop climate change, there is much the Government can do to adapt to the weather phenomenon. After all the tumult surrounding Cyclone Idai dies down, it will be critical for Government to have a re-look at the adaptive strategies to climate change which it has put in place.

What is needed is for people to continue surviving even after the devastating effects of climate change.

As a country, we should be prepared to counter those effects of climate change so that people are assured that even in the case of such major disasters, life will still go on.

For this to work, there is need for people to unite in the face of such a disaster as witnessed mainly in Chimanimani district.


While the U.S. is under assault from a historic bomb cyclone, another freaky storm is spinning the southern hemisphere. Cyclone Idai strafed through Madagascar earlier this week and is now on track to make landfall in Mozambique on Thursday night with major impacts.

Idai has had a bit of a wild ride. The storm began organizing off the coast of Tanzania and drifting east toward Madagascar over the weekend as a weak tropical storm before turning back west toward Africa. As it churned over the warm waters of the Mozambique Channel that separates the island from Africa’s mainland, the storm exploded. Analysis by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center shows that its maximum winds rose from 45 mph to 105 mph over a 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday, in a textbook example of rapid intensification. Idai kept escalating with winds topping out on Monday at 120 mph, the equivalent of a major Category 3 hurricane.

That made it the seventh major cyclone of the Indian Ocean season, more than double the average for this time of year.


4 Responses to “Major Damage in Mozambique Following Rare Cyclone”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Who cares? Mozambique is just another shithole country full of dark-skinned people. (Trump’s comment after hearing about the disaster, according to a White House source who doesn’t want to be named for fear of getting fired).

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