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Mozambique Faces Massive Disaster from Cyclone Idai

Neighbors: Zimbabwe and Malawi so affected. 

Cyclone Idai has swept through Southern Africa, potentially killing hundreds of people and leaving widespread flooding in Mozambique. Her neighbours, Zimbabwe and Malawi have also been greatly affected.

People in cyclone-hit areas of Mozambique are clinging desperately to rooftops in areas virtually submerged by flood water, awaiting aid and rescue.

The Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) residents were deployed on Monday 18 March 2018 to Beira led by the Resident Advisor Ms Erika Rosseto. They will support the implementation of a Surveillance System for Early Outbreak Detection in the Province. The government of Mozambique is also considering the implementation of a cholera preemptive campaign.

"So far the situation is fragile: no phone communications, water, light and 80% of the electrical infrastructure is damaged) with no fuel. Road connections are also cut off". Says Dr Cynthia Sema, Program Director - Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (Mozambique FELTP).

Some of the provinces, like Sofala Province (center) have been inundated by flooding after being hit by a tropical cyclone Idai last Friday when the cyclone first hit the Mozambique.

The Mozambique President, H.E. Filipe Nyusi declared a state of emergency on 19 March 2019. 

“The situation is devastating, the number of deaths reported are around 200 and are anticipated surpass 1000. The number or displaced people could surpass 200,000” says Dr Sema, Program Director Mozambique FETP and Director Surveillence, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Departamento de Vigilância (Surveillence Department)

Several villages were destroyed. Probably almost 80% of the houses were damaged. Others Provinces: (Manica, Zambézia and Tete) are also facing the storm consequences. The country is expecting a heavy rainfall until friday (5000m3/sec flowing form the river Save.

The neighboring countries: Zimbabwe and Malawi was also greatly affected.

Rescue Activities are being led by the Disaster Management Agency in collaboration with several humanitarian agencies. The priority now is to save lives.