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Mozambique begins rebuilding after Cyclone Idai

Fourteen days after Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique, the country is making progress in restoration efforts as it deals with the full impact of the devastation left behind by nature’s wrath.

Survivors in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi are now dealing with water and food shortages along with fears of outbreak of diseases like Cholera and Malaria.

Cyclone Idai lashed Mozambique’s port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 kph around midnight on March 14, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and killed no fewer than 600 people across the three countries.

The heavy rains that followed hampered aid efforts and blocked deliveries of food and other essentials from Beira, which is an important gateway to landlocked countries in the region.

Workers are already repairing buildings and clearing uprooted trees, which were blocking roads. Power supply for hospitals and other public services in Beira has been restored, while communication in the downtown area is generally back to normal.

Presently more than 100,000 people live in makeshift camps increasing fears of a possible outbreak of cholera and malaria.

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