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In pics: Mozambique cyclone damage

Damage after Cyclone Favio hit land in Vilanculos, Mozambique [Pic: Francois Goemans for the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Dept (ECHO)]

A major clean-up operation is under way in Mozambique, as a deadly cyclone hit on Thursday whilst the country was still recovering from severe flooding in the Zambezi valley.

Vehicles amongst Cyclone Favio's debris in Mozambique [Pic: Francois Goemans for the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Dept (ECHO)]

Aid worker Francois Goemans, who took these photos, describes the extent of Cyclone Favio's damage. "Everything is smashed - the infrastructure is gone," he says.

Remains of a school in Vilanculos, Mozambique after Cyclone Favio [Pic: Francois Goemans for the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Dept (ECHO)]

"The towns of Vilanculos [44,000] and Inhassaro [about 15,000] are worst affected - there are no more hospitals, no more schools and 80% of homes are damaged," he says.

[Pic: Francois Goemans for the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Dept (ECHO)]

"Considering the destruction, casualties were very few. Cyclone Favio killed six people and injured 70, and those critical patients were referred to the main provincial hospital."

Remains of the market in Vilanculos, Mozambique after Cyclone Favio [Pic: Francois Goemans for the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Dept (ECHO)]

Mr Goemans attributes the few fatalities in the urban areas to, "people staying at home, inside, and so it was just the iron sheeting, the roofing, that was torn off."

[Pic: Francois Goemans for the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Dept (ECHO)]

But in the towns' outskirts the situation is worse. Mr Goemans says, "the thatched hut homes are destroyed, some you cannot even see anymore...

Palm trees and homes damaged by Cyclone Favio [Pic: Francois Goemans for the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Dept (ECHO)]

"And all the big trees are down."

Flight delivering aid in Mozambique [Pic: Francois Goemans for the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Dept (ECHO)]

It is thought that the affected in Mozambique's Inhambane province will require relief aid for two months. [Pics: Francois Goemans, EC Humanitarian Aid - ECHO]




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