Cyclone causes catastrophic damage in Mozambique

Cyclone Idai has destroyed most of Mozambique, causing a great flood which has left many people homeless and helpless.

A week ago a cyclone hit Mozambique and its people leaving destruction and chaos, while over 750 people have been pronounced dead from the cyclone and many more receiving treatment.

The injuries are just one of the many concerns in the country right now as there are no homes for people to live or edible food. There have been attempts made to get aid from other countries but with communities wiped out and no landscape the ability for planes to land with safely is a challenge in itself. 

UNICEF has said that around 900,000 children have been affected – either orphaned, separated from their families or lacking basic necessities

 

They citizens of Mozambique cannot stay in these living condition any longer, they have been seeking refuge in stadiums and schools while many people sleep rough.  The cyclone not only affected Zimbabwe but Malawi also where 56 people have died, the cyclone hit Mozambique with winds of ups to 177km (106mph).

“The situation is now dire and we are calling for emergency both locally and internationally”, said Madiro, who is also the Zanu-PF provincial chairperson for Manicaland.

Rescue teams from all over the world have been sent to help such as the RAF

The Department for International Development (DIFD) has sent 20 tonnes of aid to Mozambique along with specialised equipment like forklifts. The agency has also sent water purifiers – a piece of equipment that is absolutely crucial in the battle to prevent the spread of cholera.

Unicef are at the forefront of the effort to try and give aid to Mozambique as it was reported that the A400M Atlas aircraft, which took off on Sunday, will help provide relief for the 37,500 people in need of urgent shelter, amid reports that at least 17,400 homes have been destroyed by the cyclone and flooding.

Unicef’s executive director Henrietta Fore has said it is a “race against time to help and protect children”.

She tweeted: “We’re assisting those sheltering in schools, setting up emergency medical tents, helping reunite separated families, and looking after orphaned children. Things will get worst.

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