Cyclone Idai: Mozambique braces for ‘worst-case scenario’ storm

“The worst case scenario is very likely,” meteorologists warn, with a huge storm surge expected.
Cyclone Idai approaches MozambiqueImage copyrightNASA

People living in one of Mozambique’s largest cities have been warned to expect the “worst-case scenario” as a major cyclone makes landfall.

Cyclone Idai, which is carrying winds of up to 165km/h (103mph), is making landfall near the port of Beira.

A storm surge of at least six metres (20 feet) is expected near low-lying Beira, a city of 500,000 people, Météo France said.

Heavy rains have already killed about 100 people in Mozambique and Malawi.

Beira is the fourth largest city in Mozambique and its major port sits on the mouth of the Pungwe river, that runs to Zimbabwe.