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Cyklonens refugees to try to survive on a scoop of cornmeal

hundreds of people gathered on the platform waiting on the train without food – food that will not. A total of six bags with five pounds of corn meal to share.

"My house is no more, it was a bit away from here," says 23-year-old Caninha Ribeiro who had sought refuge on the station along with her daughter, two siblings and their mother.

the train Station in the Tica is a temporary home for 300 people, one of em is Caninha Ribeiro, 23, who lives on the porch with four family members. Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson

She was one of the first to arrive. Already, at 10 in the evening, exactly a week ago, swept the cyclone away her home. The family had to find shelter from the winds and the rain. Since then, more arrived to the train station, the last with the canoe.

the Region's governor visited the distressed in the week.

– He could only say that there are too many who need help and that it is difficult to help everyone, " says Ribeiro who cook some fiskhuvuden to eke out the meager rations of food.

cyklonens rampage, hundreds of people have been confirmed dead. Hundreds of thousands of lives are still at risk.

the Cyclone Idai pulled straight through the town of Tica, which is located to the west of Beira in central Mozambique.

Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson

the Storm caused two disasters. It is not the wind took, it took the water. The mozambican government has asked humanitarian agencies to prepare to help the 400,000 people who lost their homes. But several areas have become inaccessible once the bridges and roads destroyed.

Now it is calm in the area and the sun is shining, but if rain starts to fall again, here or in the mountains against Zimbabwe in the west, will the water levels again rise.

"the Water has begun to sink away, but it hangs on to it not raining again," says Caroline Haga who is in the employ of the Red cross in Finland. Her organization is trying to reach to the needy with food rations and build temporary homes for those who lost their homes.

Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson

spread a newly formed lake. According to recent satellite images from the European space programme, ESA measuring 12.5 times 2.5 mil. Gerry Burke, spokesperson for the UN food program, WFP, says to DN that you had some preparation for the cyclone and had managed to store some food, – but to water quantity would be as comprehensive surprised most involved.

"We can't go down low with our helicopters for the move from the blades, the risk to blow people away from the roofs where they sought protection from the water, so we drop the packet with näringsberikade biscuits in the water, so near them that we can," he says.

the Lake has been created along the rivers Buzi and Pungwe, which flows through the area and has become the only source of food as the residents in the area have in the present – when their fields turned to the sea floor.

Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson

A broräcke sticking up out of the lake showing where the road once crossed a ditch. The site has become a popular place for the villagers who are desperately trying to find your luck.

"I got four fish today, now I'm going to take them home to the family," says 12-year-old Joaquin Manuel and wades away through the water.

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