Cyclone Eloise Kills 11 in Mozambique; Trans World Radio Provides Hope through Programming

Photo shows flooding in Mozambique after Cyclone Eloise. (Photo courtesy of the World Meteorological Organization, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons)

The East African country of Mozambique suffered a direct hit from Cyclone Eloise in late January, killing 11 and displacing thousands. Severe flooding has damaged or destroyed over 17,000 homes in the central region of the country.

Simultaneously, Mozambique finds itself in the middle of a COVID-19 upswing. Cases and hospitalizations spiked sharply throughout the month of January, reaching over 900 cases a day. These numbers are by far the worst Mozambique has seen during the pandemic.

Sphiwe, a Christian worker with Trans World Radio (TWR) says Mozambique was already recovering from another severe storm that hit in December: Cyclone Chalane. “The damage is quite intensive because [they came back to back], within a short space of time. According to statistics that we see online, and also from the partners that we have, over 90,000 people are displaced at this time.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the Holy Spirit will provide hope and healing for many in Mozambique following these disasters.