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Thousands still isolated following Cyclone Idai

April 16, 2019

One month after the devastating Cyclone Idai struck, the disaster is far from over. Aid agencies are still struggling to find and reach thousands of isolated people in Mozambique.

After a 24-hour journey by car, motorcycle and canoe, Oxfam reached Gentivo, Mozambique, where 2,000 people were struggling to survive, completely isolated by the floods.

José wades through dirty water in Tica village

Photo: Micas Mondlane / Oxfam Novib

Jose Arnando wades through the polluted water surrounding his home in Tica, Mozambique.

"The tragedy in Gentivo is not unique. We know that there are many more people who have not yet been reached by aid. The further out we reach in hard-to-reach areas, the more people in need we will find. These areas have not necessarily been the hardest hit by the disaster but people are already living in chronic poverty and now face enormous difficulties. They risk being completely forgotten," said Dorothy Sang, Oxfam's humanitarian advisor.

Oxfam, together with partner organizations, has so far reached over 50,000 people with clean water and supplies, as well as information campaigns to stop the spread of cholera. 4000 cholera cases have been reported so far in Mozambique.

"We are still realizing the scale of this disaster. Some places look like war zones. Humanitarian resources are already running out and aid agencies need more money. 282 million dollars have been requested but only 60 million of these have been received."

Dorothy Sang, Oxfam's humanitarian advisor.

"The scandal and tragedy, as always, is that poor people suffer the most. The international community must stand in solidarity with all those affected and make sure to fund the organizations working on the ground right now, including local organizations that are best positioned to reach out," Sang continues.