Massive floods following tropical storm "Idai" have wreaked havoc in Mozambique. The government of the Southeast African country has declared a state of emergency and, starting today, Wednesday, has imposed a three-day national mourning to commemorate the victims of the natural disaster. Hundreds of thousands of Mozambicans are homeless and many areas are cut off from the outside world. How many people have lost their lives is still unclear. President Filipe Nyusi announced last Monday that at least 1,000 people had died. According to the authorities, 200 people have died in Mozambique so far. According to media reports, aid workers are now assuming a "huge" number of victims.
The city of Beira is particularly hard hit by the effects of cyclone "Idai". On the night of Friday, the storm hit on land with gusts of wind of up to 160 kilometres per hour from the Indian Ocean near Beira. Since then, there has been no electricity in the 500,000-inhabitant city. Large parts of the city and the surrounding area are flooded. The Red Cross fears that around 400,000 people throughout the country could be homeless. Due to the devastating destruction caused by the floods, helpers have been slow to reach the flood areas. Some villages are up to six metres deep in water, many people have rescued themselves on roofs or trees and are waiting for help. Meteorologists expect that it will rain heavily in the region until Thursday. Two large rivers in the country have already formed miles of inland seas.
After the reopening of the airports, international aid now reaches the country more easily. The European Union promised an emergency aid of 3.5 million euros, Great Britain provides up to six million pounds. The United Nations also wants to make resources available.
Travelers can use the Global Monitoring App for smartphones to find out more about the situation in the country and receive current travel information. It contains up-to-date notifications, behavioral tips and warnings and actively informs about dangers at the location or place of travel. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices.
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