Mozambique officials have described flooding from the new cyclone as “critical” in parts of Cabo Delgado province such as the towns of Ibo, Macomia and Quissanga, where many buildings and homes have been destroyed.
As soon as the rains lift aid distribution will begin Monday via helicopter and boats in Ibo and Quissanga, said officials, noting that roads have been rendered impassable by the heavy rains. Canoes may be used to deliver aid in Macomia, they added.
Safe drinking water is also becoming a challenge as wells have been contaminated, raising the threat of cholera. Malaria is another concern.
The prolonged heavy rains in Pemba, the provincial capital and an historic port city, caused deadly mudslides. As the rains eased Monday, residents of a poor neighbourhood were digging for bodies.
Two houses were crushed by the collapse of a sprawling dumpsite that hit just after midnight when rains poured, local resident Manuel Joachim told the Associated Press. Continue reading UN gives $13 million as second cyclone pounds Mozambique
A powerful cyclone has smashed into Mozambique, flattening thousands of homes and flooding low-lying areas. Cyclone Kenneth struck with winds of 220km/h (140mph) barely a month after a previous cyclone killed hundreds and devastated large areas.
Continue reading Cyclone Kenneth ‘wipes out’ Mozambique villages
A powerful 6.4 earthquake has struck the Philippines, the day after a different temblor took lives and collapsed buildings.
Rescuers continued to search for survivors from Monday’s quake, centered just 50 miles northwest of Manila, the capital. That tremor killed at least 16 people, according to The Associated Press. So far, it appears that Tuesday’s 6.4 magnitude quake in Eastern Samar province did not cause any casualties or major damage.
Monday’s magnitude 6.1 quake struck Pampanga province, north of Manila, shortly after 5 p.m. local time. A supermarket collapsed in the municipality of Porac, killing at least five people, the AP reports. Others remain missing.
One man was reportedly pulled out alive from the supermarket’s rubble on Tuesday morning, to cheers from onlookers. Continue reading The Philippines: Two Earthquakes Shake, 16 Dead