On Saturday 23 January the tropical cyclone Eloise struck Mozambique and in particular the province of Sofala, south of Zambezia where Mani Tese operates.
There was a great deal of damage caused by winds and rains that destroyed homes and devastated agricultural fields in a region already in great suffering.
Unfortunately, this is not the first cyclone to bring Mozambique to its knees: in March 2019, in fact, cyclone Idai hit the country causing serious damage and about 1,000 deaths.
Two years ago, Zambezia was one of the most affected provinces, while fortunately this time only a few houses were hit in the districts of Quelimane and Nicoadala, where Mani Tese is present with the “Rural Quelimane” project (photo at the bottom of the article).
However, the increase of these atmospheric phenomena is worrying which, if once repeated about ten years apart from each other, now occur with great frequency, as stated in Avvenire by don Claudio Dalla Zuanna, Italian bishop of Beira.
As it has done in the past, Mani Tese will continue to combat climate change in Mozambique and will be ready to intervene in the event of an emergency as happened in 2019 together with WFP.
To learn more about cyclone Eloise: https://www.africa-express.info/2021/01/29/ciclone-tropicale-eloisa-devasta-mozambico/
For more information on our projects in Mozambique: https://www.manitese.it/en/paese/mozambique
Here are some photos of the damaged houses in the community where we operate.