Wind and water disaster

Cap Anamur has started thereconstruction process

More than 1,000 people lost their lives in Cyclone “Idai”, which swept over the east coast of Africa a good four weeks ago and caused, especially in Mozambique, great destruction. Houses were destroyed, fields flooded and hospitals collapsed – even about a month later, the complete extent of the destruction is still not entirely palpable. Now cyclone “Kenneth”, which will hit the northern province of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique on Thursday evening, looms. Even if "Kenneth" has neither the same size nor the same power as “Idai”, it could again cause great destruction in the area. As the new cyclone moves much more slowly than hurricane "Idai" about four weeks ago, it brings with it vast amounts of rain, which in addition to the destruction in the next few days, could lead to severe flooding and landslides.

Quick emergency relief after Cyclone “Idai”

With a wind speed of sometimes 160 kilometres per hour, cyclone “Idai”; was almost unstoppable: Numerous houses, schools and hospitals were completely destroyed. The coastal town of Beira with around 500,000 inhabitants was particularly affected. Without electricity for days, a communication network or a land connection to the outside world, the inhabitants had to wait until help came from the air or over the water. At this point our team, which was already in the country a few days after the catastrophe, began its emergency aid.

Reconstruction of a hospital

With the reconstruction of a hospital in Buzi, a region near the port city of Beira, we have taken the next step in our aid to Mozambique. With the reconstruction of a hospital in Buzi, a region near the port city of Beira, we have taken the next step in our aid for Mozambique. Before Cyclone “Idai” the hospital in Buzi was a small but functioning hospital with 80 beds and up to 300 patients a day in consultation hours and the emergency room. After “Idai” the hospital was largely destroyed. Almost all buildings lack parts or even the complete roof, many walls have collapsed and there is no electricity. Hospital tents were the only medical care for the people in the region. Therefore, the local Cap Anamur team has now started planning the reconstruction of the hospital. The departments, which are currently housed in seven different tents and only rudimentarily equipped, are to move back to the newly built rooms as quickly as possible. “Our focus is now on the reconstruction of the hospital. A functioning operating theatre would be particularly important for the medical care of the patients”, said Cap Anmaur Managing Director Bernd Göken, “until we can assess the complete damage in all areas, it will probably still take weeks but with the construction of the hospital we have a good basis”. After the reconstruction we will also support the hospital organizationally and medically.