CARE preparing for the worst as Tropical Cyclone Dineo expected to lash Mozambique

Feb 15, 2017

With Tropical Cyclone Dineo expected to be upgraded to a Category Two system, bringing winds of over 150 kilometres an hour, CARE is mobilising emergency relief supplies to prepare for response in Mozambique.

The storm is expected to make landfall on the coastline of Inhambane province, potentially affecting more than 300,000 people. Marc Nosbach, CARE’s country director in Mozambique, said many of those communities are about to harvest their first crops after a two year drought.

“The potential for destruction here is immense. These communities have struggled with a horrendous drought only to potentially have their first crops for two years wiped out by a cyclone,” said Nosbach.

Wind gusts, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding are expected as the cyclone moves across the central Mozambique coast overnight.

“CARE is ready to move with enough emergency kits for around 25,000 people, and we plan to bring more in from other sites around the country,” said Nosbach. “But given the number of people likely to be affected, we’re going to need a lot more.”

“The kits contain household items that communities, particularly women and children, will need in those first days after the storm hits - things like jerry cans, plastic sheeting, mosquito nets, and personal hygiene items.”

Mozambique is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters and climate change. Tropical storms and cyclones are regular occurrences, destroying crops, homes and infrastructure. In 2012, the combined Dando tropical storm and Funso cyclone affected approximately tens of thousands of Mozambicans.

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To arrange an interview with a CARE spokesperson in Mozambique, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 613-790-2134

 


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