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Mozambicans wait for aid, 10 days after cyclone

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Mozambicans wait for aid, 10 days after cyclone

Mozambicans wait for aid, 10 days after cyclone

Villages in central Mozambique are still waiting to receive aid, ten days after Cyclone Idai hit.

128,000 people are now living in makeshift camps, and health officials say the spread of diseases like cholera are inevitable.

Gracie Jerome reports

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Mozambicans wait for aid, 10 days after cyclone

Homeless and increasingly hopeless, people in the Mozambican town of John Segredo - like so many others - are still waiting for aid.

It's been ten days since Cyclone Idai hit Africa.

At least 700 have died in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The bridge here was destroyed, cutting any aid convoys from reaching the village so far.

This woman says they have no clothes, no food, and even if they did - they have no pots and pans to cook it in because it was all washed away.

Further east in Beira, the aid has arrived but people are worried for the future.

It's not enough to just survive, they say, they need everything rebuilt.

The government estimates there are now around 128,000 people living in makeshift camps across the country.

Reuters' Stephen Eisenhammer is in Beira.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS' STEPHEN EISENHAMMER SAYING: ''People are slowly starting to rebuild the community here - putting up roofs, trying to build walls, but the community here is still incredibly distraught by the tragedy that happened.

They say they weren't really given a proper warning - the government said they should stay in their homes & not allow their children outside, but the storm here took on such a ferocity that the roofs started being ripped off, the walls started to come down, and people ran in the wind and the rain to try and seek shelter in the main town, which one can see over into the right.'' And there's another concern: With limited access to clean water, officials say the spread of disease is inevitable.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MOZAMBIQUE MINISTER OF LAND AND ENVIRONMENT CELSO CORREIA, SAYING: "There will be cholera.

That is why the government is putting - there will be.

The government is putting prevention and treatment centres specific for cholera in the districts affected." The U.N.

Says the water is receding every day, making it easier to rescue those stranded by the floods.

It also means finding more bodies of those who could not escape.




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