First international aid reaches the centre of Mozambique
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Seventy-one houses were destroyed by strong winds in Matola’s Intaka-2 neighbourhood yesterday. So far, two children are reported to have contracted serious injuries after being struck by flying sheets of corrugated iron.
Scattered sheets of corrugated roofing and appliances destroyed inside homes describes the trail of destruction left by strong winds in the 17th and 19th blocks in the Intaka-2 neighbourhood on Friday afternoon.
The winds struck at around 3:00 p.m. and, within 10 minutes, dozens of families saw their houses partially destroyed by the wind. Some families sheltering inside their homes saw members injured by wreckage, two children seriously.
Chief of Block 17 Mateus Filipe said: “Several houses collapsed and others were damaged. Nor did walls generally escape the strong wind. My own house is without some sheeting, like many others. One child was injured and had to go to the hospital.”
Heads of the blocks who were still totting up the number of families affected said they expected means of support would be mobilised shortly.
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