Eleven days ago, the cyclone hit Idai on the coast of Mozambique, and are still waiting on the roofs of houses and trees and people from the hope of salvation. The storm has the strength of four out of five, and the rains have also caused neighbouring countries Zimbabwe and Malawi extensive damage. According to the Mozambican government, for example, 700 people died there alone, the United Nations is of far more deaths. In Mozambique, approximately 400'000 people to have their homes by the storm and the Flooding lost. 500'000 hectares of arable land were flooded. Especially hard hit, the area surrounding the coastal city of Beira. The Mozambicans Joaquim Mucavele, 46, is a consultant of a German honorary Consul in Maputo. He flew for three days, in Beira, in order to make a picture of the situation.
Still people in the flood, waiting areas in Mozambique on rescue, as here, in a village near Beira. Photo: AP
Mr Mucavele, you just came back from Beira. What is your impression of the city?
Joaquim Mucavele: I know of Beira as a very lively town, but now everything is gray and devastated. As I flew by plane to Beira, it became clear to me that the city is completely destroyed. Huge trees are toppled over, roofs torn off, power lines are lying on the streets. But the water is now gone.
How's the 500'000 people living in the city?
The people there are totally in shock, something you have never experienced before. Some are still looking for family members and Relatives. Especially the children, are traumatized. Until Sunday, the overland route was blocked to Beira, the supplies in the Camps were becoming increasingly scarce. On Sunday afternoon, then, could be an access road attached, and a larger quantity of food and medicines in the city.
Video: Over 1000 Dead images of horror: The cyclone Idai leaves behind a trail of devastation feared. Video: AFP/Tamedia
Where are housed the people who have lost their homes?
you sleep in temporary camps made up of tents. But there are no mattresses, just Blankets, and very little space. Women and children are housed separate from the men. I guess the 200'000 people are living in large Camps.
So almost half of the inhabitants of Beira.
There are only part of the city's residents. At its worst it has made the people in the surrounding area in the Region of Buzi. It will also be saved now even people with helicopters from the roofs and trees and to Beira. In addition, drones to search for more Survivors. In the week after the cyclone, the operations had to be interrupted often because of new rains. But since Sunday it has stopped raining.
image path: cyclone Idai
they were three days in Beira, how's it going with the help?
The access road is a big progress. But now the fear is that diseases such as Cholera and Malaria breaking out [On Wednesday that the Mozambican health authorities confirmed the outbreak of Cholera. Five cases of infection have so far been reported, ed.]. The people who can afford it and come from abroad or relatives abroad, out of the country to fly.
How will the wounded be helped?
The Central hospital is destroyed to 80 per cent. The storm ripped away the roof, in the rooms of the water. Many of the injured will be treated in a military hospital at the airport of Beira. But it still needed more Doctors.
What are the other consequences of the catastrophe for the Region?
so Far, there are only two places in the city electricity. And a big Problem is education. In Beira, all of the schools and the two universities were destroyed. I worry that the children are not able to go the entire year of back to school. The large super markets and also the residential areas in which better houses stood, are completely devastated. (Editorial Tamedia)
Created: 28.03.2019, 20:33 PM