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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Mozambique

30 Dec 2020

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 30 December 2020

Mozambique

Tropical Storm Chalane made landfall north of Beira City in central Mozambique this morning. This is the same area that was struck with devastating effect by Cyclone Idai in March 2019.

The storm brought rains and winds to some parts of Sofala Province, including Dondo, Beira City and Buzi. Some damage has been reported, including in resettlement sites where people displaced by Cyclone Idai were staying in temporary shelters.

The Government and humanitarian partners in Mozambique pre-positioned emergency personnel and supplies ahead of the storm’s arrival and are evaluating the first impacts of the storm today.

The storm has since tracked inland through central Mozambique and is due to arrive in Zimbabwe, where it is expected to weaken to a tropical depression.

Chimanimani and Chipinge districts – which were hardest-hit by Cyclone Idai – are among the districts most at risk in Zimbabwe. The Government and humanitarian partners have prepared ahead of the storm’s arrival.

While far weaker than Tropical Cyclone Idai, Tropical Storm Chalane is a salient reminder of the threat posed by the global climate crisis and the urgent need for collective action to reduce global warming.