With wind speeds of up to 160 km per hour Cyclone ‘Idai’ reached the coast of Mozambique last weekend. Heavy rainfalls and flooding had already battered the East African country for a whole week. However, nobody had expected this to be followed by a tropical storm which would hit Mozambique so devastatingly.
The precise number of dead is as yet unknown but cases rise daily. However, one thing is sure: Hundred thousands have partly been seriously injured, lost all possessions and often even their homes. Fast relief is essential to help the people of an already economically weak nation. Within hours Cap Anamur had put together an emergency rescue team, which will reach Mozambique during the course of this week.
Since Thursday the coastal town of Beira’s 500,000 inhabitants have been without electricity, communications network and road links to the outside world. Here our emergency team wants to offer medical assistance. The team will land in the capital Maputo for a meeting with Logistics Expert Michael Schlüssel who acted for Cap Anamur on several occasions and who has been calling Mozambique ‚home‘ now for a number of years. Together he and the team will then travel to the cut-off region, assess the situation and establish an initial medical camp. We will take further steps as soon as the extent of the catastrophe is known.