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Clube Náutico, Beira. Photo: Social Media
The restaurants and hotels on the sea front in Beira suffered catastrophic damage during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Idai, prompting owners to ask the government to exempt them from some business taxes in order to boost economic recovery.
The Beira Nautical Club, one of Beira’s leading restaurants, exemplifies the devastation caused by the cyclone. Nothing escaped the fury of the wind – everything was broken. The wind actually catapulted one canoe a distance of nearly 200 metres from the sea to the restaurant. Employees are downcast.
The Monte Verde restaurant, another of note, also suffered widespread damages. Cyclone Idai destroyed everything, both inside and out, the felled trees only making matters worse. Nor did the Tango restaurant, owned by the same person, escape Idai’s wrath. The Rani Hotel was also partially destroyed by the storm, the roof collapsing and rain damaging the walls.
The owners of the destroyed restaurants and hotels are trying to repair the damage and restore service, but incalculable losses and the lack of electricity is making the activity of many entrepreneurs more expensive.
By Francisco Raiva