WMO: Mozambique must prepare for climate change impacts

WMO: Mozambique must prepare for climate change impacts

As Mozambique hosts a donor conference to support cyclone relief efforts – it begins Friday in Beira – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns that the destruction caused by storms Idai and Kenneth is a wake-up call to deal with impacts linked to climate change. Tropical cyclones, coastal flooding and…

China counters ‘debt trap’ claims over African loans

China counters ‘debt trap’ claims over African loans

China again denied claims that its loan policies put African nations and others in the developing world into “debt traps,” countering reports that United States legislators are looking to pass legislation that would limit China’s ability to do so. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday that Beijing’s…

Rains from stalled Kenneth hamper Mozambique relief efforts

The rain keeps falling in Mozambique, where the government confirmed 38 fatalities and 39 injuries linked to Cyclone Kenneth and the flooding in its aftermath. The rain continues to inundate Cabo Delgado province and parts of Nampula. Last week’s storm came into Cabo Delgado at landfall as a strong cyclone…

Flooding follows initial Kenneth impacts in Mozambique

Mozambique continues to deal with the effects of tropical storm Kenneth, which is dumping heavy rain across Cabo Delgado province and parts of Nampula and Zambevia. The storm came into Cabo Delgado at landfall as a strong cyclone with winds of 220 kilometers per hour, but has since stalled over…

Kenneth aims at Mozambique; storm fatalities in Comoros

As if the southern African nation of Mozambique wasn’t already facing enough of a challenge in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, now Cyclone Kenneth is bearing down on the impoverished southeast African nation. The storm’s position on Thursday was some 167 kilometers northwest of Comoros, and it rapidly intensified into…

Mozambique mourns as heat, heavy rains complicate Idai response

The nation of Mozambique begins three days of mourning Wednesday following the catastrophic strike of Cyclone Idai, even as the waters continue to rise and a new threat emerges: extreme heat. And more rain. The Instituto Nacional de Meteorología issued an alert warning that temperatures of 38C to 41C (100 to 106…

Beira bears the brunt as Cyclone Idai makes landfall

The city of Beira in Mozambique was in total darkness as Cyclone Idai arrived Thursday, cutting off the power to a half million people who were waiting for daylight to assess the destruction from the storm. Cyclone Idai made landfall with the city squarely in its sights, arriving late Thursday…