How cyclones form and why climate change not linked to Idai

This handout picture taken and released on March 18, 2019, by the Mission Aviation Fellowship shows houses and flooding in an area affected by Cyclone Idai in Beira. PHOTO | RICK EMENAKET | MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Several other cyclones have hit Mozambique and Madagascar before.
  • In February 2008, Cylone Ivan ripped through the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar with winds of over 200kmh, killing at least 26 people.

  • In March 2008, Cyclone Jokwe skimmed past northern Madagascar with winds at 160kmh, bring heavy rains to coastal Mozambique.

With more than a 1,000 people feared dead, according Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, Cyclone Idai appears to be the worst storm to hit southern Africa in decades.

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