On the 14th March 2019 Cyclone Idai made landfall in central Mozambique. The storm changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom are still living in tents or without roofs waiting for promises of reconstruction to be delivered.


The UN says climate change is increasing the risk of cyclones, droughts and flooding and is trapping millions of people in a “vicious cycle” of instability.



As COVID-19 tightens its grip on the world, a decreased level of attention is being given to hundreds of thousands of people who are in increasing need of help.


From central Mozambique, Ed reported for Reuters, The Telegraph, Vice and The Weather Channel on the anniversary of Cyclone Idai. 


Juliette Miguel owns a small shop at the entrance to Savane resettlement camp. Nearly 100,000 people are still displaced after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique. The majority of them live in Resettlement camps in makeshifts housing that would be destroyed if another cyclone hit. 

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By the seafront in the low lying city of Beria, where the cyclone first made landfall, the UN's Myrta Kaulard told me how the climate crisis is increasing the risk of cyclones, droughts and flooding, trapping millions of people in a "vicious cycle of instability”.

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Hundred-year-old Vasco Gaspar leans on his walking stick in a field in central Mozambique, gathering maize near the tent where he has lived since floods and winds destroyed his house in March 2019. Like thousands of others, he is still in a temporary shelter almost a year to the day after Cyclone Idai tore through southern Africa.

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In the informal fishing community of Praia Nova residents talk of 10 meter high waves destroying houses, sweeping away belongings and taking peoples lives. 

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"I worry about my children; we don't have any electricity and people steal stuff at night." Delcia Alvis is 25 and has four young children. She used to live in by the coast in Praia Nova selling vegetables and fruit in the market on the side of the road. Now she lives in Savane, a resettlement camp two and half hours from the low lying city of Beira, her former home.

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