Mozambique is a country located in southeastern Africa, bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Eswatini and South Africa to the southwest. The capital and largest city is Maputo.
Since 2001, Mozambique’s GDP growth has been thriving, but the nation is still one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world with a population of over 30 million people, as of 2022 estimates.
According to recent reports from the BBC, at least 28 people have died since the storm that has now been categorized as a cyclone, first made landfall, and over 8,000 more have been displaced. It has also been estimated by the Country’s national disaster agency, that over 1 million people have been affected by this disaster.
A tropical cyclone is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain and squalls. The report further states that electricity has been turned off as a precaution by the power utility firm and flights have been suspended.
As Mozambique works to recover and rebuild, it is crucial that the international community steps up to provide support and resources. The people of Mozambique need assistance to rebuild their homes, infrastructure, and livelihoods, and to ensure that they can be more resilient to future disasters.