After Tropical Cyclone Eloise brought wind gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour, heavy rains and floods forced thousands to flee their homes in Mozambique (kph). Before weakening and going inland to dump rain on Zimbabwe, eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, and South Africa, Eloise reached Mozambique’s Sofala coastal province on Saturday morning.
The National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) of Mozambique said investigations had shown that Eloise had displaced 6,859 individuals. The Buzi District of the area was especially hard hit by severe winds.
According to INGD, Eloise ruined 136,755 hectares of crops, destroyed nine schools, and damaged approximately 17 other schools and 11 hospitals.
Marcia Penicela, project manager at ActionAid Mozambique, said that “Families are in urgent need of essential supplies like water, blankets, food, and shelter. The floods and power down is making the challenge more difficult and making people reach most in need.”
Data source: Al Jazeera