The nation of Mozambique in South-Eastern Africa suffered catastrophic damages following what is being described as a Tropical Cyclone Idai starting on March 4. The storms intensified thereafter, continuing into the week of March 18, leaving many deaths and plenty of destruction, including submerged buildings.
According to News24, “Tropical cyclone Idai has made headlines across southern Africa throughout the month of March. Lingering in the Mozambique Channel at tropical cyclone intensity for six days, the storm made landfall in Beira, Mozambique in the middle of the month, then tracked in a westerly direction until its dissipation.”
Here is a look at how the floods were reported in media in the United States and around the world.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) poses an important question, asking whether the Southern African nations impacted by the Cyclone; Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, were prepared for it.
In a “reality check” report BBC reporters raised questions about how Mozambique was going to deal with the devastation, especially when the country was facing economic strains following a 2016 loan deal that went bad.
According to National Public Radio (NPR News) the death toll climbed to more than 600 people. Citing sources on the ground in Mozambique, including humanitarian organizations; UNICEF, The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the NPR report states the extend of the storms as “staggering.”
In this photographic presentation Vox shows what happened as the catastrophe unfolded, how those affected attempted escape, and the rescue missions that followed.
Meanwhile, Newsweek magazine provides this opinion from Hazel Nyathi, who has worked in the international development sector for more than 23 years, about what the international community must do to help the situation.
The opinion piece from Nyathi states that “Overall, more than 822,000 people have been affected in the country. Entire villages have been washed away. Infrastructures have collapsed, hindering relief efforts. Schools have been destroyed and people have resorted to taking shelter on rooftops and trees, waiting for the military to evacuate them.
Nyathai says “So we call on the rest of the world to do everything it can to help us. These people need us. And they need us now.”
Bloomberg News reported that parts of the country were submerged beneath water and that the storm had disrupted fuel supplies to neighboring Zimbabwe as well as power supply to South Africa.