Climate change is no longer an aberration. It is here to stay. Extreme weather events, such as Cyclone Idai, are becoming commonplace. These are strong reminders for the world community to curb global warming or face the serious consequences their inaction would bring. Natural phenomenons that causes disaster such as Hurricane, Cyclone, Earthquake, floods are getting bigger, bolder and more destructive.
The Cyclone made landfall near the city of Beira Mozambique; with 177km/h (106 mph) winds and more than 150mm of rain in 24 hours. This was on 14th of March. It strengthened into an intense tropical cyclone in the Mozambique Channel; bringing with it intense rain, strong winds and flash flooding. It achieved intense tropical cyclone status; (the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans) by midweek. In the aftermath of the tropical cyclone, the death toll is realistically getting closer to the thousand. The storm brought strong wind and heavy rain that filled rivers in Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Death count so far is gross- 788 dead. Breakdown is: Mozambique -468, Zimbabwe – 261, Malawi – 60, and Madagascar – 1. The storm also affected about 3 million people.
Economic Impact of Cyclone Idai Climate Change
The economic impact of Cyclone Idai Climate Change can not be overlooked, the damage caused with the most pathetic cases happened around Mozambican port city of Beira. Houses, roads and crops have disappeared beneath water that is six meters (19ft) deep in some places. Humanitarian aid groups have also reported cases of cholera. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have also warned of the risk of other outbreaks; already noting an increase in malaria cases. Rescue operations had overwhelmed aid groups. In some cases, rescuers were forced to chose rescuing one group of people while allowing others to die.
Cyclone Idai Environmental Impacts
In all the estimated cost of infrastructural loss; across the four major countries were estimated to be at least US$1 billion. This makes Idai the costliest tropical cyclone in the South-West Indian Ocean basin. The United Nations had opined that Idai might be the worst ever weather-related disaster to have struck the southern hemisphere.
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