Cyclone Gombe Flash Report: Preliminary Observations Corrane IDP Resettlement Site, Meconta, Nampula Province, 16 March 2022 – Mozambique
The assessment was carried out by the Protection Cluster on March 15, 2022 and the information obtained for this report comes from informal discussions with the displaced families present on the site and from direct participatory observations.
Despite access difficulties due to road conditions, the Protection Cluster reached the Corrane IDP resettlement site to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Gombe and make some preliminary observations at the site.
Lost or destroyed health center and its health services
Large emergency tents used as health centers were totally destroyed or blown away – health staff reported that medicines, chairs and some instruments had been lost, destroyed or looted. This situation exacerbates the already difficult access of IDPs to health care services as cases of malaria and waterborne diseases have increased in the camp. The maternity center is also no longer functional, leaving no options for displaced people as the tents are now gone and the impassable roads leading to the site will be too difficult for health workers to visit.
Inaccessible main road between the highway and the IDP site
Access to the Corrane IDP resettlement site is extremely difficult – roads are blocked, broken and flooded between Corrane town and the Corrane IDP site and therefore impassable by four-wheeled vehicles and in some places during the visit, even the motorbikes had to be pushed flooded the rooms. The main access is via an alternate road, which is also in the same condition. These pose serious problems of access for the displaced themselves in the event of a medical emergency, access to education for children in the school of the neighboring host community, and access to markets and livelihoods.
Shelters are destroyed and the majority need repairs
Preliminary data shared by the post chief indicated that around 1,600 emergency shelters had been affected by Cyclone Gombe. Based on direct observation, while some emergency shelters have been completely destroyed and require a full replacement kit, a large majority of emergency shelters are partially damaged and households will need shelter materials immediately. and tools to repair their homes. Displaced families explained that those whose homes were destroyed are now temporarily living in the shelters of other families, creating overcrowding. This situation could potentially lead to privacy issues and increase the risk of GBV if the arrangement takes longer. It is also important to note that large amounts of water will be needed to create the mud needed to close up the walls that have been “melted” by rain and wind. Displaced people demanded durable shelters and demanded the immediate distribution of mosquito nets and plastic sheeting. The latter must be used for the roof and the coating of the raw earth walls.
Access to food and livelihoods
The displaced people we were able to meet mentioned that part of their food stock had been destroyed by the cyclone and the rains that followed. Therefore, it is possible that the food intake of a large part of the population has decreased considerably. For families with mashambas, many mentioned that their crops were partially or fully impacted by the cyclone.