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Help children left without shelter in Mozambique by Cyclone Dineo.

Tropical storm DINEO caused severe damage to SOS Children’s Village Inhambane in Mozambique.

SOS Children’s Villages South Africa responds to the needs of children after tropical storm hits Mozambique.

On the evening of 15 February 2017 tropical cyclone DINEO made landfall on southern Mozambique’s Coast bringing with it severe winds. Roofs of houses, schools and hospitals in the path of Dineo were wrecked in a matter of hours. The Provincial Government of Inhambane estimates that about 653,000 people have been affected overall. In Inhambane, the death toll reported is seven of which three are children.

SOS Children’s Villages has six programmes in Mozambique. One of these programmes is located in Inhambane, a low-lying city on the Indian Ocean. The children’s village was significantly affected by flooding, landfalls and power outages caused by the storm. None of the 124 children living in SOS families in Inhambane were injured during the storm and they were evacuated to a safer location.

More than five thousand children from 1,500 families in the surrounding areas are left without food, drinking water and shelter. SOS Children’s Villages runs community programmes here involving support to community kindergartens and income-generating projects.
“Restocking of food is going to be an issue because of the shortages in the community and the transportation infrastructure has been badly disrupted,” said Simao Chatepa, programme manager in Mozambique.

We are launching a humanitarian appeal to assist the families in Mozambique affected by the natural disaster. Donations will go towards hygiene kits (R50), food kits (R150) and home kits (R500) for the affected families. SOS Children’s Villages has deployed an emergency team to help on the ground.