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Ten thousand in southern Africa need help after cyclone



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9, at. 13:58 GMT

By Associated Press

BEIRA, Mozambique – Efforts to find and help tens of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai destroyed parts of southern Africa continued for another week Saturday.

Members of the Indian and South African military participate in relief groups in flying over sections of central Mozambique as they seek signs of life and people in need.

No one knows how many people are missing. More than 600 people have been confirmed dead in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Auxiliaries say the number is sure to rise as flood waters fall back.

The crushed Mozambican city of Beira and other communities is now home to crowded displacement camps, both organized and informal. With communication severely affected by the cyclone and some families separated in the chaos, a program is aimed at reunion on the road.

People from the city of Buzi are helped by a boat in Beira Port after being rescued on March 22, 2019 in Beira, Mozambique. Andrew Renneisen / Getty Images

"Every day we discover that the destruction left by cyclone Idai is worse than we imagined," Hicham Mandoudi, Red Cross & # 39; Red Cross delegation head of the sub-delegation in Beira, said in a statement. "We are deeply concerned about remote communities that are cut off by floods and landslides and do not yet receive any humanitarian aid. More rain is expected to come, which will aggravate the suffering of people who have already lost everything."

The Mozambican Government has formally requested assistance from the international community, the UN Humanitarian Office said opening the door for further assistance.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday appealed to enhanced support for the victims of Idai and said that the UN and its humanitarian partners are sharpening the response, but "much more international support is needed."

The UN leader said in a statement that "With crops destroyed in the Mozambican bread box, more people are in danger of food security in all three countries."

Beira, the city at the center of aid efforts for Mozambique, can still only be reached by land or sea. Local fishermen have joined the rescue effort, ferries stranded people about 50 or so at a time to the town's beach or harbor.

With mobile communications struggling to return, some residents have made a transition known to have a better chance of receiving a signal.

Prices of food and other basic items are doubling, even tripling. People are waiting in the buyer outside stores, embarking on an effort to prevent looting.

Throughout the region, the emergency focuses on spotting stranded people and communities in the hope of losing help or picking those who have a great need for security

There are signs of life in the flooded landscape, even smoke from some cooking fires .

However, as the water goes down, auxiliary workers expect the death place to rise when organs are found.

With water and sanitation systems greatly destroyed, waterborne diseases are also a growing concern.


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