MAPUTO / HARARE (Reuters) – Cyclones and floods that swept across south-east Africa affected more than 2.6 million people and could be one of the worst disasters associated with the weather and recorded in the southern hemisphere, ONE
Rescue crews are still struggling to reach victims five days after Cyclone Idai raced at a speed of up to 170 kph (105 mph) from the Indian Ocean to Mozambique, then his inland neighbors Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Support groups said that many survivors were caught in remote areas, surrounded by damaged roads, flat buildings and underwater villages.
“There is a sense from the grassroots people that the world is still not trapped into the severity of this disaster,” said Matthew Cochrane, spokesman for the International Federation of Societies and the Red Cross. and Red Crescent, briefing ONE in Geneva.
“The full horror, the full effect but coming to the obvious over the next few days,” he added.
The official death count in Mozambique is 84 – but his president Filipe Nyusi said on Monday that he had flown over some of the worst zones, having seen bodies floating in rivers and now estimated to be over 1,000 people have died there.
The cyclone hit land near Beira Mozambique port on Thursday and moved into the land throughout the weekend, leaving heavy rain on Tuesday.
Studies of satellite imagery suggested that there were 1.7 million poles on the cyclone route in Mozambique and that another 920,000 had been affected in Malawi, said Herve Verhoosel, senior spokesperson on the World Food Program U.N. He gave no figures for Zimbabwe.
Many rivers had cut their banks, or were about to leave, leaving a huge area under the waters, and only in air and water, said Lola Castro, WFP's regional director for South Africa, at the UN briefing. over the phone from Johannesburg.
Heavy rain preceded the cyclone, exacerbating the problems, says Clare Nullis of the World Meteorological Organization U.N.
“The worst fears are being realized… then we can say it's one of the worst disasters associated with the weather, tropical-cyclone-related disasters in the hemisphere t Droughts are classified as not related to climate.
In Beira, a low coastal city of 500,000 people, Nullis said that the water had nowhere to drain. “This isn't going to disappear quickly,” he said.
Beira is also home to Mozambique's second largest port, which acts as a gateway to land-locked countries in the region.
A pipeline control room running from Beira to Zimbabwe and supplying the majority of that country's fuel had been damaged, Zimbabwe Energy Minister Jorum Gumbo told the Herald's state-owned newspaper March.
“However, we have enough stocks in the country and I am told that the repairs at Beira can take a week,” she said.