In photos: Cyclone Idai strikes Mozambique

On March 14, Cyclone Idai struck the coast of Mozambique near the city of Beira, bringing winds exceeding 175 km/h, torrential rains and flooding.

Photographer Josh Estey joined CARE's team in the affected region days after the storm. Below are a few photos of the impact and survivors.

The impact

17 March 2019.
The neighborhood of Nhamudima is a slum that was heavily affected by the cyclone in the city of Beira (drone footage only). Being located near the coast, this shanty town of loosely built homes were extremely vulnerable to the high winds and rain. Following the cyclone families are returning trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. 
Photo by  Josh Estey/CARE

The neighborhood of Nhamudima was heavily affected by the cyclone in the city of Beira. Being located near the coast, this town of loosely built homes were extremely vulnerable to the high winds and rain.

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Praia Nova Village was one of the most affected neighborhoods in Beira.

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the survivors

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Praia Nova Village was one of the most affected neighborhoods in the city of Beira. Being located on the coast, this town of loosely built homes were extremely vulnerable to the high winds and rain.

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Luis Bernardo, 26, is a fisherman who’s home was flooded in the the village of Tica, Mozambique. He has been using his boat to rescue up to 20 people a day. It takes him six hours round trip to reach flood victims sheltering in tree tops.

“People are under the trees. ...They have been since Friday and don’t have anything to eat. And how will they survive? So I take my small boat to help rescue them.”

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Mariamo Humberto, 16, washes dishes at her family’s home that had all but been destroyed.

“When the storm started we began running to find a safe place. We had no food and our clothes were soaked We couldn’t believe to be alive. We were very scared when the storm started. And now we are here. We have lost clothes and even food. Everything is wet including clothes.”

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Enia Joao, 24, has three children. The youngest one being 10 months old (on back).

“In all my life I have never seen such a storm like this.”

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Daka, 5, is a flood survivor seeking refuge in the village of Tica.

SAVING LIVES, HELPING COMMUNITIES RECOVER

CARE is responding to help survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. You can help.