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Beira City in Deficit of $32M To Replenish Coastal Protection

Beira City in Deficit of $32M To Replenish Coastal Protection

The city of Beira, central Mozambique, needs $32 million for projects to restore coastal protection in areas affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019, the local mayor announced Thursday.

The reconstruction of coastal points affected by the cyclone is budgeted at a total value of 92 million dollars, of which the municipality has at least 60 million dollars available, an amount that results from the support of the World Bank and the Netherlands, said Albano Carige, quoted by the STV television channel.

Despite the missing amount, the mayor assured that the works will begin and the process is scheduled to start in the first half of this year.

“We will already have all the drawings, of great engineering and detailed form, of how the reconstruction works of the coastal protection wall will be, here in Beira”, he declared.

Cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique in March 2019, causing the deaths of more than 600 people and affecting 1.8 million others.

About 90 percent of the city of Beira, the provincial capital of Sofala, was destroyed.

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In the current rainy and cyclonic season, which has been occurring since October, central Mozambique has already been hit by Cyclone Eloise in January and by Storm Chalane in late 2020, with an official tally of 19 deaths.

The natural disasters that have occurred in recent months in the country have interrupted and conditioned several access roads, isolating communities, which hinders humanitarian assistance.

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