The Stream

How is Mozambique recovering after deadly cyclones?

Scientists sound alarm on climate change as developing world battered by record-breaking cyclone season.

Cyclones Idai and Kenneth swept through the southwest Indian Ocean just six weeks apart, leaving devastation in their wakes and Mozambique the hardest hit.

The record-setting storms destroyed homes and crops, killed hundreds and left thousands without food and shelter. Cholera has become widespread due to contaminated water sources and the damage done to health facilities.

One week later, another cyclone slammed into the Indian state of Odisha. Cyclone Fani – the worst storm to hit the area in 20 years – killed nearly 50 people across the state and in neighbouring Bangladesh, though early-warning systems helped millions to evacuate.

Developing nations bear the brunt of global warming, climate activists say, despite contributing the least to climate change. Climate experts warn that the growing frequency of natural disasters complicates relief efforts and saddles people in poorer countries with the “debt of climate change”.

So, how are these countries recovering in the aftermath of these catastrophes? And how can they best adapt or prepare as extreme weather events become more common?

In this episode, we will speak with relief workers on the ground and climate scientists to answer those questions. Join the conversation.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Devendra Singh Tak @devendratak
Head of communication, Save the Children

Tendai Marima @i_amten
Journalist, Freelancer

Marcia Cossa @actionaidmoz
Head of policy and partnership, ActionAid

Abubakr Babiker @icpac_igad
Meteorologist,  IGAD

Read more:
Cyclone Kenneth survivors struggle for food and supplies – Al Jazeera
Aid workers race to contain cholera outbreak in cyclone-hit Mozambique – Reuters
Powerful cyclone leaves 34 dead in India, 15 in Bangladesh – Washington Post

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