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It is estimated that around 5,500 families in Mozambique‘s central Manica province have been stranded without access to aid after last weekend’s Cyclone Eloise.
Cyclone Eloise was the strongest cyclone to impact Mozambique since Cyclone Kenneth in 2019.
The storm damaged and destroyed farmland, vital infrastructure, and thousands of homes, dealing another devastating blow to families still trying to put their lives together after Cyclone Idai struck, less than two years ago.
Around 250,000 people, including 130,000 children, in central Mozambique, are likely to need humanitarian assistance, according to government estimates. Children living in the affected areas, particularly those who have been displaced, could soon be at risk of contracting waterborne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoeal infections.
The National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) has been unable to reach them because of flooding.
The authorities are also considering whether it is possible to use tractors to get through the floodwaters.
In Manica province, Cyclone Eloise has destroyed at least 800,000 hectares of crops.
Meanwhile, the council in Beira is organising a massive clear-up of waste strewn over the port city by the cyclone.
It could take 30 days, using crushing machines and 20 trucks, to remove it all, the authorities warned.
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