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Food costs have doubled and private companies are demanding three times the usual cost to hire a helicopter, according to the non-governmental organisation Esmabama, which supports around 500,000 people in Mozambique.
“There are no helicopters. People are trying to get helicopters from South Africa. But they are doubling or tripling the price of a month ago. The last helicopter I asked for, they asked me for US$300,000 deposit.
“There are no roads. The only way to bring supplies from the city is by air…
“Outside of Beira, nothing is being done, because you cannot get to those places unless you use a helicopter, and helicopters help only a fraction of people...
“Anything they are selling [in Beira] is very expensive. They are selling chickens like … it would be cheaper to buy a ham than a chicken. Bread has gone up from 4 to 10 meticais. Everyone is trying to make as much profit as possible…
“An English friend has arrived, who came from Beira. She lost her car. And says she saw more than a hundred bodies floating in the water.
“Outside the city [of Beira], many of the communities lived near the rivers, meaning that entire villages were submerged…
“Today, for example, I got a call from our driver. He was ferrying a patient in our ambulance and stopped because he had run out of fuel. Because we no longer have fuel. So he went looking [for fuel] on foot – at a gas station nearby which, obviously, had no fuel…”Source: Observador
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