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Aid ship reaches cyclone-hit Beira

Tens of thousands have been left homeless by the cyclone
Tens of thousands have been left homeless by the cyclone

MOZAMBIQUE - A ship carrying 2,000 tons of food, water and sanitary supplies donated by locals in Mozambique has arrived in the port city of Beira, which bore the brunt of Cylone Idai 12 days ago.

The tough task of distributing the aid begins now. Thousands are still stranded in little islands created by floodwaters. Construction workers are rushing to repair damaged roads. Aid teams rely on limited air and water transport to rescue people and deliver supplies.

The Red Cross says two field hospitals are en route to the country. The scramble to help the survivors of Cyclone Idai is on, but it’s just not fast enough.

And as the scale of the devastation becomes clearer, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent say they are tripling their emergency aid appeal to more than $30m (£22.7m).

The death toll across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi is more than 700 and it’s expected to rise as floodwater recedes.

The UN humanitarian agency, Ocha, says more than 1.8 million people in Mozambique have been affected by Cyclone Idai and some of them are in critical life threatening situations.

Aid agencies are warning that thousands of survivors have yet to receive any help, 12 days after it made landfall in southern Africa.

Mozambique's Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia says efforts are being made to get food, shelter, water and medicine to people sheltering on higher ground.

He said the rescue need was coming down as the water receded but warned the area would take years to recover.


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