The country of 30 million people is still recovering from previous disasters when the recent storm hit
MOZAMBIQUE (January 27, 2021) — On January 23, tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Beira, Mozambique’s fourth largest city by population.
The country faced previous disasters, including cyclones Idai and Kenneth in 2019, tropical storm Chalane in December 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, and uprisings in the Cabo Delgado area.
Eloise made landfall as a category one storm, followed by heavy rainfall of 200 mm (7 inches) within a 24-hour span. Local weather reports forecast that the rains will continue for a week, affecting Manica and parts of Inhambane and Zambezia.
Tropical cyclone Eloise is expected to affect southern Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, southern Mozambique, Eswatini and eastern Botswana with cumulative rainfall in some areas.
“Nine injuries have been reported with one in critical condition in the Sofala province. No fatalities have been reported,” says Rumbidzai Musengi, emergency response coordinator in Mozambique for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). “Property has been destroyed, including over 20,000 hectares (49, 421 acres) of agricultural produce and thousands of homes by the heavy rains and floods. Those affected have been evacuated by authorities to temporary accommodation centers.”
ADRA deployed relief aid teams in the Chibuto, Guija and Massangena districts of Gaza. Two districts in Inhambane, including Panda and Funhalouro, are already receiving help from ADRA through a Lean Season Assistance Project in partnership with the World Food Programme. In Mozambique, the project provides critical food assistance to farmers who experience low food supplies before the next planting and harvesting seasons.