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 225 kilometre per hour, is making landfall near the Port of Beira.
A storm surge of at least six metres is expected near low-lying Beira, a city of 500,000 people.
Heavy rains have already killed about 100 people in Mozambique and Malawi.
Beira has often seen the brunt 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.
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