Mozambique hit by worst humanitarian crisis after Cyclone Idai; 2 tons dead, 100s missing

Following dead of at least two tons people due to powerful Cyclone Idai a three days of national mourning has been declared by Mozambique government.

Mozambique’s Port city of Beira was hit by Idai on Thursday bringing winds of up to 170 km per hour and putting lives of millions of people at risk.

The cyclone hit neighboring Zimbabwe too where death count until now stands at 98 and feared the toll may increase. Hundreds have gone missing.

Rescue team head for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Jamie LeSueur, said in the hard-hit city of Beira this is the worst humanitarian crisis in the country in recent history.

Beira has a population of about 500,000 people. The low-lying coastal city is second-largest port in the country.

It is one of the worst weather-related disasters in southern hemisphere and at least 2.6 million people across southeast Africa have been affected.

According to the Red Cross about 400,000 people are now homeless in central Mozambique due to Cyclone Idai.

UNICEF said, “Challenges remain in terms of the search and rescue of thousands of people, including children.”

Local media reported shortages of fuel in central Mozambique as Beira was mostly cut off by road.

European Union announced initial emergency aid packages to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Paul Linus