Heavy Rains Displace Thousands as Storm Batters Mozambique Again

Severe winds and heavy rains have damaged thousands of buildings, ruined crops and displaced approximately 27,000 people in Mozambique. This comes as the southern African country is facing the rainy and cyclone season which runs from October 2020 to April 2021. In March and April 2019, cyclones Idai - with its epicentre at the port of the country's second-largest city, Beira, - and Kenneth, hit Mozambique just a few weeks apart. The two are the worst natural disasters recorded in the country in the last two decades. In January 2021, more than 21 people were killed and hundreds of thousands affected by a super-storm that made landfall in Mozambique. Tropical cyclone Eloise hit central Mozambique on January 23, with high winds, heavy rains and severe flooding.

 

 

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The WFP currently provides food aid to nearly 200,000 people in the Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique, where an insurgency has worsened displacement and hunger.

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