Cyclone Kenneth

Mozambique village 'at risk of famine'

Famine is closing in on a village in the north of Mozambique, Radio Mocambique has said.

Droughts followed by Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth has affected about 1,000 farmers in the Tete province.

They say they are in need of seed to start the farming a new season of crops, which were mainly destroyed by combined floods and torrential rains.

Farmers standing amid destroyed crops

'Years to rebuild'

A view from Pemba in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth

Lebo Diseko

BBC News, Pemba, Mozambique

Man walking through flood waters

The people here have a resolve that defies the elements as life goes on in Pemba. There is so much water that it's hard to know if you're looking at a river or waterlogged fields,

But the structures peeking out of it are people’s homes. Hundreds lived in the area, much of which is now underwater.

But some are still trying to go about their daily lives.

People will have spent years and years building homes for their families, and so much of that has been destroyed.

Lots of the people that did live here have been taken to local schools, which are being used as shelters as authorities just try and keep people safe.

Classrooms serve as a kitchen, a clinic, and bedrooms for around 1,000 people.

Woman flood victim

Manassa Jamal told me she has four children with her:

“The water got into my house and then a cashew tree fell on it. The house was completely destroyed.

“We don’t have firewood. Yesterday we had our first meal at 13:00. There’s no water, there’s no food, and no firewood.”

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(Pic A man ferries residents through a flooded road in Pemba, Mozambique ; Credit Reuters)
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