Mozambicans wade through waist-high flood as it hits days after deadly cyclone

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Serious flooding began on Sunday in parts of northern Mozambique that were hit by Cyclone Kenneth three days ago. With waters waist-high in some areas, the government urged many people to immediately seek higher ground.

Authorities have said at least 5 people died after the cyclone arrived late on Thursday with the force of a Category 4 hurricane, stunning residents of a region where a cyclone had not been recorded in the modern era.

Cyclone Kenneth came just 6 weeks after Cyclone Idai ripped into central Mozambique and killed more than 600 people.

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Forensics expert hunts for bodies in Mozambique

Nearly a month after Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique causing great devastation, searches for victims’ bodies are still under way. (April 9)

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Aerial footage: Aftermath of deadly Cyclone Idai that left more than 460 dead in Mozambique

Footage filmed on Thursday shows a trail of destruction in the Mozambican city of Beira, after Cyclone Idai battered the country. More than 460 people were killed in the disaster. However, the death toll is expected to rise after flood levels recede and bodies can be found. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9qs4

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Mozambique Is Struggling To Recover From Cyclone Idai (HBO)

BEIRA, Mozambique — Hundreds of thousands of people are still without food, clean water or homes almost two weeks after Cyclone Idai tore through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing at least 700 people and impacting millions more.

Now, the first outbreak of cholera has been reported, sparking fears that this disaster recovery will soon become a long-term health emergency.

The cyclone hit the port city of Beira at midnight on March 14, bringing winds of 125mph and torrential storms that burst the banks of two major rivers and flooded an area covering more than 1,600 square miles.

A major international aid operation is now underway in Beira as waters begin to recede. But villagers in the hardest hit communities remain stranded while relief efforts struggle to reach them on roads decimated in the disaster. A lack of helicopters in the country has further hobbled response efforts.

More than 100,000 people are now living in refugee camps. Many others are taking shelter in schools, churches and orphanages; their over-crowded temporary homes surrounded by pools of putrid flood water, which some are still using to drink and wash.

Ignasio Augusto’s home, in the coastal village of Praia Nova, was decimated by the storm.

“Nothing is left. The house fell down,” Ignasio said.

He’s now sheltering with his family, packed alongside hundreds of others, in an elementary school which was itself partially destroyed by the winds.

“This is how we sleep,” he said, pointing to the small plot of floor his family now occupies. “On sleeping bags, on the pavement. Women and men together,” Ignasio said.

The cyclone’s destruction is breathtaking: Whole towns are flooded, roads are blocked by mud and bridges are ruined. The destruction stretches as far inland as Gôndola, more than 120 miles from the epicenter of the crisis.

Even this far from the eye of the storm, the rains have made access slow or impossible. An aid team attempting to survey the damage using drones was stricken by mud during our journey. It took four hours of digging by men from a nearby town to free their 4×4 from the water.

Only in the past few days has it become possible to pass — slowly — along the battered road to Beira Airport, which has become the makeshift headquarters of the international aid operation.

Villagers here are facing the same problems as the hardest hit communities on the coast: food is not being delivered; supplies are not reaching them fast enough.

Gerald Bourke, from the United Nations World Food Programme, told VICE News that despite the obstacles, the recovery is slowly coming together.

“It’s gathering pace, but we need to do a lot more and we need to accelerate,” he said.

But it could take several months to establish the true death toll and longer term impact of this storm on crops and food supplies. For now, the priority remains survival.

“It has been difficult to get out there. You have communities who have been isolated for a long time. The full dimensions of it have yet to become clear.”

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International aid reaches cyclone-stricken Mozambique

South African aid flies into the storm-stricken area of Beira in Mozambique, as more international aid groups are able to reach communities previously cut off by Cyclone Idai. Thousands have been displaced by the storm, with hundreds killed and the death toll expected to rise.

Mozambicans try to move forward after deadly cyclone

Despite more rain over the last few days, Mozambicans are trying to pick up the pieces after deadly Cyclone Idai struck a week ago. The powerful tropical cyclone killed more than 700 people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe after sweeping through southern Africa.

Aerial footage shows scale of deadly devastation caused by cyclone Idai in Mozambique

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Huge swathes of land remain underwater and inaccessible in the wake of Cyclone Idai.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have expressed concern about the potential for disease outbreaks in affected areas.

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Rescues ongoing in flood-hit Mozambique areas

A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. (March 21)

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Giant cyclone Idai demolishes 90% of Beira, Mozambique, claiming lives of as many as 1,000 people

Mozambique’s fourth-largest city, Beira, was hit the hardest by Cyclone Idai when the storm made landfall for a second time on March 14, destroying 90 percent of the port city according to the International Federation of Red Cross.

President Filipe Nyusi said on Monday that as many as 1,000 people might have been killed by the cyclone, which may be the worst ever storm to hit the southern hemisphere according to the UN.

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Cyclone, flooding wreak havoc in Southern Africa

Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai and persistent rains. (March 19)

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UN representatives react to Mozambique cyclone disaster

Representatives of various UN organisations react to the massive damage done by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. A spokesperson for the World Health Organization announces plans to deploy a range of health kits to assist the many thousands of people affected by the disaster.

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa lands in cyclone-hit area to meet victims

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa lands in Mutare to visit the areas affected by Cyclone Idai that may have left more than a thousand dead in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. IMAGES of Mnangagwa in cyclone-hit areas

Cyclone, floods devastate Mozambique port city

The Red Cross says that as much as 90 percent of Mozambique’s central port city of Beira has been damaged or destroyed by tropical Cyclone Idai. (March 18)

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