Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi were hit by a rare cyclone with winds that peaked at over 250 km/h.
In human terms, the heavy toll, 7 days after the disaster, reported 1,000 deaths according to the government in Mozambique and 350,000 stricken. But this assessment could be largely exceeded in the days to come.
“After a cyclone, health conditions deteriorate rapidly and thus make the population very vulnerable, especially the most vulnerable such as children or the elderly,” explains Xavier Lauth, head of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s emergency team. who goes there.
Beira, more than 80% destroyed according to local actors
The city of Beira, the second largest city in Mozambique, is estimated to be more than 80% destroyed. Over a radius of 100 km, homes, hospitals, schools, water treatment plants were devastated either by the winds or by the waves or floods of rivers.
‘ It makes us absolutely help these hundreds of thousands of victims, continues Xavier Lauth. Our emergency stock where we have pre-positioned equipment is mobilized and is expected to arrive in the country in the coming days to distribute drinking water to people who have lost everything and whose health conditions could deteriorate rapidly ‘.