tens of thousands of people waiting in the disaster area, in Southeast Africa, after cyclone “Idai” more to help. Humanitarian organizations are in the devastated port city of Beira in Mozambique, while in use, but the needs are overwhelming.
Small children wandered around part alone, reported to the child protection organisation “Save the Children” on Sunday. “Many unaccompanied children have suffered traumatic situations – some had to watch as your mother or your father have been flushed or have lost siblings,” reported the head of operations on site, Machiel Pouw.
“the extent of the crisis is staggering,” said the Secretary-General of the red cross and red Crescent societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, after a visit in Beira. 1.8 million people affected according to UN estimates. The German Federal Agency for Technical relief (THW) has flown two plants for the treatment of drinking water to Beira.
The disaster zone stretching for hundreds of kilometers from Mozambique to Zimbabwe and Malawi. Especially the remote regions, may be more difficult or impossible to reach, reports the UN aid organisations. 15. March had been devastated by the cyclone, “Idai” Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and with heavy rain vast land cases, strokes under water. At least 615 people came, according to government figures, killed – the real number is likely considerably higher, believe aid organizations.
The supply to the cyclone-victims is by new rain, and destroyed the more difficult transport routes. His government had drones in use, in order to gain an Overview of the plight of the people, said Mozambique’s Minister for the environment, Celso Correia. In the middle of the week, new heavy rains threaten.
In Beira, the food is already scarce, such as journalists reported. To get the 500 000 inhabitants and Displaced persons from the area who have lost in the Wake of the devastating storm, everything. Alone, in Beira, 11 were destroyed 000 houses completely, as well as a number of schools and health centres, the UN children’s Fund, Unicef.
a Total of have lost, according to estimates, at least 600 000 people. Were distributed in several Camps, mainly soup and cookies. The UN world food programme (WFP) to extend its emergency assistance. The Dimension of the catastrophe beyond the worst fears, it was said, and the use of throw now at the level of the large WFP programmes in Yemen and in Syria.
the Problem is that in the flood areas with few toilets and lack of clean drinking water disease might quickly spread. It first cholera cases had been in Beira reported, said the red cross Secretary-General. In the flooded areas, the number of Malaria increases in sick. In stagnant water, the Malaria-transmitting mosquitoes can multiply rapidly. “During the search and rescue of Survivors continues, and we must do everything to prevent waterborne diseases from the Disaster to make an even greater catastrophe,” said Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore in Beira.
Here is the THW comes into play. The government of Mozambique had, on 21. March accepted the offer of help of the Germans. Two days late, nine specialists, with the two drinking water systems were on the way. “The situation in Beira is a disaster, the emergency supply of drinking water to the affected people live is important”, said THW-Vice-President Gerd Friedsam. The plants should arrive on Sunday in Beira, and can be taken in the ideal case, on Tuesday in the operation. You can recycle up to 10 000 litres of water per hour. The THW is a Federal Agency with a 80 000 predominantly volunteers.