Mozambique on high alert as cyclone looms

eNCA's Dasen Thathiah is in the country with more. Courtesy #Dstv403

JOHANNESBURG - Rescue teams continue to be on high alert in Mozambique as a cyclone looms large. 

Cyclone Idai is expected to produce winds of up too 200-kilometres an hour.

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eNCA's Dasen Thathiah is in the country with more. 

Storm surges are the leading cause of deaths associated with tropical cyclones worldwide. 

Authorities have ordered the compulsory evacuation of people living in flood-prone areas. 

READ: Cyclone Idai set to batter Mozambique

"Sixteen accommodation centres have been opened in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete to accommodate the displaced," Comoana said. 

Meanwhile, at least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843,000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the UN said, prompting calls for emergency aid.

At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa following torrential rains that have triggered flash floods.

- Additional reporting AFP

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