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The Swedish Red cross is preparing for action after cyclone

Although the Red cross had personnel and operations on site, and also be prepared to the tropical cyclone Idai would come, so nobody could predict the entire sc

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The Swedish Red cross is preparing for action after cyclone

Although the Red cross had personnel and operations on site, and also be prepared to the tropical cyclone Idai would come, so nobody could predict the entire scale.

– In short, the International Red cross to ask for closer to a hundred million, to cope with emergency relief, " says Margareta Wahlström, who is chairman of the Swedish Red cross to DN.

to be able to ensure that the affected areas be provided with clean water. You also need to be able to provide injured people, basic emergency operations, and offer them a roof over their head in the form of tarpaulins and tents.

"the Dead bodies need to be taken care of so they don't float," says Margareta Wahlström.

Relief organizations were already on the ground in the affected countries when the cyclone struck. Since everyone knew that there would come a heavy storm so prepared but partly by establishing camps with blankets, food and water bottles.

According to Margareta Wahlström was nobody who could anticipate the scale of the disaster. On Tuesday night, she sat in the meeting with the management of the Red cross in Sweden to prepare for the operations which may be inserted from Sweden.

as the storm pulled into the south of Malawi with major flooding as a result. It was reinforced when torrential rain and extreme wind speeds moving toward the north of Mozambique and struck against the city of Beira.

– the Reason why we not found out how bad it was set until a few days later, because all the network was down, no one could communicate what happened.

"the Red cross did a flyover on Sunday, and it was then that we saw the devastation," she says.

the City of Beira has 600.000 inhabitants and is about the same size as the city of Malmö. It is located between two rivers, which meant that it was extra large water flows and flooding, according to Margareta Wahlström.

with the many poor who live in simple houses with tin roofs - which become lethal when they go by and turn into projectiles in the harsh winds and the floods.

– There are many people who have drowned, and there are many with cuts and contusions they received when they met of the things that a father around, " says Margareta Wahlström.

the Houses have extensive damage, the telephone wires have fallen down and trees blocking roads. It is the lack of clean water because rain water has been mixed with kloakvatten and become dirty.

When the storm on Friday went on to the eastern Zimbabwe decreased wind speeds would seem, according to Margareta Wahlström. But it was still heavy precipitation with floods and landslides as a result.

Margareta Wahlström talks about a school that is right next to a rock wall.

– Where it fell down big rocks and boulders. Two boys died. It was pure luck that the other children were not at the same place in the school.

according to Margareta Wahlström. It is such a relatively low figure is due to that you could get into with the help early, she says.

There are no data on how many people may have died in Mozambique that are the worst hit.

– There is no one who dares to guess at the moment. The only thing we have is president Filipe Nyusis estimate that there may be a thousand dead.

– In the city of Beira to say now that the 264 teacher in the schools is completely destroyed, and 24 services such as medical clinics. Electricity has not yet come back, and the large central hospital only partially works.

" they have lost everything they have, their house, their relatives, and that they do not know what to do.

Many are lost but at the same time, enterprising in such situations, according to Margareta Wahlström.

" They try to organise themselves, and find out where they can stay.

Within a few days one will have a better overview of the scope of the disaster, she believes.

– Then you can also begin to identify the dead. It is important for the survivors, not least so that they can begin to focus on to arrange for the future.

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