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At least another two months will be necessary for the city of Beira to be completely free of the debris scattered about by Cyclone Idai, the president of the municipal council, Daviz Simango, says.
Simango told Noticias that one of the first interventions after the cyclone was to restore access through clearing the 90 percent of the roads rendered impassable by debris and trees felled by the force of the wind.
“There was a great impetus towards the removal of solid waste. Now, after 30 days, we still face great challenges, and our calculations suggest it will take another two months to completely clean up the city,” he said.
Simango pointed out the debris made up of trees and parts of destroyed houses scattered around the streets and yards, saying that the municipality had approximately 100 people working on waste removal, including volunteers and municipal employees, plus about
40 trucks, consuming 10,000 litres of fuel a day.
“Work is going smoothly, and we are redoubling efforts to achieve the goal of getting rid of solid waste. It is important to highlight the commitment demonstrated by a large part of the population in the treatment and removal of garbage,” Simango said.
Regarding cholera, the president of Beira Municipal Council said that the epidemic continued to pose challenges to the authorities and families, even though the number of cases is declining.
“Our city didn’t have a single case of cholera for more than ten years, but, because of the floods and the fact that, for some time, we had no water supply, the disease spread. We thank the health authorities for working tirelessly to help patients get better,” he said.
Municipality cautions against tree felling
Simango took the opportunity to condemn people who were indiscriminately felling trees, to the detriment of the environment.
“Some citizens, because they have suffered from falling trees, are opting to remove them. We would like to remind villagers that tree felling will simply create another environmental problem. We need to keep the trees, because they play an important role in our lives,” the mayor said.
He added that shade trees would be replanted on streets and in public areas in due course.Source: Noticias