The country may have been spared from Tropical Cyclone Batsirai, but it is still recovering from the devastating impacts of Tropical Storm Ana.
Making landfall on January 24 in Angoche district in coastal Nampula province, Storm Ana headed west towards Zambezia and Tete provinces, leaving widespread flooding, damaged and destroyed homes and infrastructure, and cutting off basic services. . Sofala, Niassa and Cabo Delgado provinces were also affected, but to a lesser extent. Downstream of major river basins, with a long coastline and low topography, Mozambique is vulnerable to flash flooding and is the target of cyclones. In 2019, it was hit by Cyclones Idai and Kenneth within weeks of each other.
The dire statistics of the storm: at least 38 dead, 207 injured, 12,000 houses in ruins and 26 health centers, 25 aqueducts, 138 light poles and some 2,275 kilometers of roads damaged, according to the latest data released by the National Institute of Management of Disaster Risk (INGD). Flooded crops have raised food security concerns and nearly 300,000 students no longer have schools to attend.
“My house collapsed on top of me after I managed to get my children out,” said Florinda Culosa, 48, in the Mocuba district. The house she shared with six children and two grandchildren is gone. "I feel very sad about losing my house."
Strengthening sexual and reproductive health services
In the aftermath of the storm, UNFPA is working with the government to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and protection services for the most vulnerable populations, particularly women and girls of reproductive age (15-49 years). The 180,869 people affected by the storm include approximately 43,409 women of reproductive age and 5,127 pregnant women who will continue to need reproductive health services.
“The night the storm hit, in the maternity ward we assisted a mother giving birth to triplets while the health center was flooded and the strong wind tore off parts of the roof,” said Filomena Aibo Joao, a maternal and child health nurse. . at the Alto Benfica Health Center in the Mocuba district. "The situation was terrifying, but we were very lucky, the mother and all three babies survived."
Mobile brigades have been deployed to provide sexual and reproductive health services, including contraceptives and medicines for maternal health, in remote affected areas. In Tete province, mobile clinics quickly resumed family planning and sexual and reproductive health services in communities isolated by flooding.
UNFPA is distributing thousands of dignity kits to vulnerable women and girls to support their feminine dignity, sanitary and menstrual hygiene needs, as well as tents that will allow damaged health centers to continue providing care.
After 19-year-old Noemia Hortênsia lost her house, belongings and rice crop in the small town of Magica, she and her children went to the Sopa Parreirao resettlement site, where she received one of more than 200 kits of dignity that had to be transported by canoe due to the storm-damaged road and bridge. “My house fell from the flood. I was afraid that it would fall on me or on my son and daughter,” she said. "We lost everything."