PSome 15,000 people still need to be rescued from the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, Mozambique officials say.
victims there are stranded by catastrophic flooding and are clinging to roofs
or stuck in trees, charities say.
In the port
city of Beira, aid workers say there are only two to three days of clean water
people are confirmed dead in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but the toll is expected
cyclone swept in to Beira last Thursday, with winds of more than 177km/h (106
mph). It left a trail of devastation as it moved inland.
told the BBC that an area of about 3,000 sq km (1,864 sq miles) is now under
agencies are warning that the shortage of food and clean drinking water is
increasing the threat of disease.
first thing you see when you arrive is destruction and a lot of water,”
said Get Verdonck, an emergency co-ordinator with the medical charity Médecins
Sans Frontières (MSF).
are using well water with no chlorination, and that water is unlikely to be
clean… pneumonia and other respiratory diseases are going to be a
problem,” he told Reuters from Beira.
said Mozambique had borne the brunt of flooding from rivers that flow
downstream from neighbouring countries.
A total of
217 people are confirmed dead in the country, but many areas have still not
Haga, an official with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies, said the worst-hit areas were close to the Buzi river west
rescue teams were dropping high-energy biscuits, water purification tablets and
other supplies to people surrounded by water and mud.
thousands of people… in roofs and trees waiting for rescue,” Ms Haga
told AFP news agency.
running out of time. People have been waiting for rescue for more than three
days now. We can’t pick up all the people so our priority is children, pregnant
women, and injured people.”
Correia, Mozambique’s minister of land and environment, confirmed this, telling
Reuters the number of people still needing to be rescued was thought to be
He added that 3,000 people had already been rescued so far. –BBC
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