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Mozambique: Total Death Toll from Cyclone Freddy Rises to 66

Mozambique: Total Death Toll from Cyclone Freddy Rises to 66

The total number of deaths due to the second passage of Cyclone Freddy through Mozambique has risen to 66, according to preliminary figures from the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGD) released today.

The total number of people affected amounts to 357,000, the vast majority in Zambezia province, where the city of Quelimane has been the most affected.

There are about 59 thousand people distributed in 151 shelters operating in five provinces: Zambezia, Niassa, Sofala, Manica and Tete.

In terms of structures, more than 30,000 precarious houses have been completely destroyed and another 40,000 have been damaged, making it more difficult for families to store their belongings, particularly food.

The main road in the country, national road 1 (EN1), is cut near Quelimane. In total, seven bridges have been destroyed and 2,100 kilometres of roads affected.

In terms of basic services, 55 health units have been damaged and more than 1,500 classrooms have been affected, affecting 134,000 pupils.

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The power distribution remains conditioned, with 457 electricity poles damaged.

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