Updated: February 25, 2021
Cyclonehas left at least 1.8 million people affected in Mozambique, the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA said on Tuesday.
Many of the affected people are in urgent need of help, especially as aid workers prepare for inevitable outbreaks of diseases.
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“Some will be in critical, life threatening situations. Some will sadly have lost their livelihoods, which whilst an appalling tragedy is not immediately life threatening,” OCHA coordinator Sebastian Rhodes Stampa said.
Idai killed at least 686 people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and many warn that the death toll could rise.
Mozambique was the hardest hit with tens of thousands of homes destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people displaced across a large area.
Idai made landfall near the Mozambique port city of Beira on March 14 before moving to neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi.
“We can determine the size, we can’t determine the circumstance. So we’re now going out on the ground, dropping people off from helicopters to determine what the critical needs are,” Stampa said.