That would make it the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Mozambique since Tropical Cyclone Eline which struck the country in February 2000, claiming at least 800 lives.
According to recent report from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), the death toll from the floods and heavy rains has risen to 45 and over 577 injured and over 90,000 households affected.
"Most of the displaced families are living in camps", Khamula said. More than a million people have already been directly affected by the disaster. Storm-surge flooding may also spread farther up the river, inundating homes and businesses.
"Sixteen accommodation centres have been opened in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete to accommodate the displaced", Comoana said.
More than 168,000 hectares of crops were also destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.
A light aircraft has been dispatched with a team of specialists to Malawi to establish the exact humanitarian assistance required. In Mozambique, authorities report needs related to food, water, shelter, education, seeds and health.
Mozambique cabinet spokesperson Ana Comoana said the "government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai, expected to reach the country between Thursday to Friday", Al Jazeera reported.
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.
Cyclone Idai right now has sustained 110 miles per hour winds gusting to above 130 miles per hour, making it the equivalent of a strong Category 2 hurricane.
This system turned around and once again came back to Mozambique Channel and received warmed waters resulting in strengthening.
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