Cyclone Idai – Southern Africa

What originated as a tropical depression off coast of Mozambique, quickly turned into a catastrophic weather event when the storm turned into Cyclone Idai on 11th March in the Mozambique Channel and struck the city of Beira on the 15th March 2019.

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Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar were all affected by heavy rains and flooding. However, it was Mozambique which bore the full force of the cyclone. Sustained winds of 120 mph, heavy rain and resulting flooding demolished homes, wrecked infrastructure and ended many lives.

In Beira, where the cyclone made landfall, according to the Red Cross, over 90% of the city had been destroyed. The UN has said that Cyclone Idai triggered a “massive disaster” in southern Africa, affecting hundreds of thousands of people.


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Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

On the 28th September 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struckΒ off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning, which was lifted soon after. However, not long after this, a tsunami hit the coast around the city of Palu, wiping out buildings, killing hundreds of people.

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Video reports:

Live updates provided on Guardian website while the event unfolded.

Drone footage shows extent of damage in Palu:



Typhoon Mangkhut

In September 2018, The Philippines, Hong Kong and China suffered major damage and loss of life due to a major typhoon. Follow the story of this weather event below:

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