News24 reported that an additional 45 people had died in Malawi as a result of flooding on Wednesday.
A powerful tropical storm made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday evening, battering a coastal city with heavy rain and wind at speeds of up to up 170km/h and injuring several people.
Idai, the tropical cyclone is now positioned in central Mozambique channels and is slowly progressing towards the Mozambique coast.
The wave of cancellations came as the United Nations warned that "tropical cyclone Idai has regained intensity and is expected to make landfall near Beira city in central Mozambique" later Thursday.
The storm is expected to make landfall Thursday night near Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city, with 530,000 residents.
At least 100 people have been killed and close to a million affected by torrential rains in Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa as tropical cyclone Idai heads to Zimbabwe.
The cyclone is accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorms and is likely to cause massive destruction in Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland provinces.
A tropical cyclone is a low-pressure weather phenomenon that forms over oceans when the water temperature is at least 26 degrees Celsius.
"Whenever we get tropical cyclones, it draws moisture away from the country, but this one - because it's further south - there's some moisture of the north eastern Limpopo", said Maliage.
Cyclones are typical for Mozambique at this time of year, but there are concerns that the weather patterns have been increasing in intensity. We're still waiting for news from officials in Mozambique.
News24 reported that Tropical Storm Dineo, with winds in excess of 166km/h, hit Mozambique in February.
Rescue Care Paramedics Media spokesperson, Garrith Jamieson said a team of 15 rescuers including rescue technicians, advanced life support paramedics and lifeguards are on their way with six 4X4 vehicles, boats and jet skis to assist the community.