Mozambique: Cyclone Idai kills 242, injures 1,400 as flood causes mass displacement in East Africa  - UN

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By Blogger Abudulkareem Haruna

The Government of
Mozambique, according to latest flash update by the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), has formally requested international assistance as flooding caused by cyclone threatens more life in the East African country.

Already, other sister African countries have shared in the casualty impact as water
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terrorises the coastal region of the East African Nations.
"The official death toll has risen to at least 242 people, according to the Government," the UNOCHA report said.
At least 65,000 people are sheltering in more than 100 collective sites across Sofala (73 sites), Manica (18), Zambezia (10) and Tete (4); the majority are staying in schools and churches.

Nearly 11,400 houses have been completely destroyed and crop losses are extensive​.

What Government is Doing for now
The Government of Mozambique is said to have "established a temporary medical centre at the port in Beira to be supported by health teams, including doctors from South Africa.

"The authorities are activating mobile medical teams for Sofala, with five doctors deployed to each of Buzi, Guara Guara and Lamtana.

"On 19 March, WFP, in collaboration with INGC, facilitated the opening of reception centres for people evacuated from Buzi who are staying in Beira, Casa dos Bicos and Inahina.
"The South African and Indian Navy are evacuating people directly to the airport for further transfer to the centres.
"The Indian Navy is also setting up medical camps and providing food, water,
Rescue officials at work
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blankets, and other necessary relief items, as required by the local authorities.
"Several people with disabilities have also been rescued, including people injured by flying metal sheets from roofs during the cyclone."
But this is still not addressing the Humanitarian crisis that promises to be escalating.
The UN call for a global support.


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