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Event: TC Tropical Cyclone
Number: 2019-000025
Country: ZWE Zimbabwe
Location: Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutare
Date (YMD): 2019-3-25
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Information Source:IFRC
Comments: Zimbabwe was bracing up for a major food insecurity emergency from an El-nino induced poor rainfall season, when forecast was issued on 11 March 2019 of category 4 Tropical cyclone Idai developing off the Mozambican coast to affect most of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. On 15th March, the cyclone made landfall in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe with heavy rains in access of 300mm and wind speeds of 177k/h. This had a devastating impact in Chimanimani, Chipinge and Mutare districts, the most affected being Rusitu area in Chimanimani. The heavy precipitation and winds continued to pound the district and extended towards Nyanga, Mutare, Buhera districts of Manicaland Province. As of 27 March, 172 fatalities had been confirmed, 4,884 people displaced and 327 missing. According to preliminary reports, at least 53,999 people are believed to be affected.
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