Diving mecca in Mozambique devastated by tropical storm

by    DiveSSI    24th February 2017
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Diving mecca in Mozambique devastated by tropical storm (c) Stacie Atkinson
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Diving mecca in Mozambique devastated by tropical storm (c) Stacie Atkinson
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Diving mecca in Mozambique devastated by tropical storm (c) Stacie Atkinson
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Diving mecca in Mozambique devastated by tropical storm (c) Stacie Atkinson

Online appeal for donations gets underway

On the night of 16 to 17 February 2017, the coastal strip around the
Mozambican provincial capital of Inhambane was hit by Tropical Storm
Dineo.

According to estimates by the Red Cross and Red Crescent, 130,000
people have been displaced from their homes. As many as 22,000
residential buildings, 49 hospitals and 105 schools and administrative
buildings were severely damaged or destroyed in the affected areas.

There are no details on the number of casualties.

Presently, 1,020
first responders from the Red Cross have already been deployed.

The diving hub of the country – the coastal town of Tofo – is very much affected.

“Thank
goodness, there were no victims, but the simple huts of the people
could not withstand the wind speeds of more than 150 kilometres per hour,”
said Leroy Cougle, who has been diving in the region for more than a
decade and who has been instrumental in developing the dive sites
there. He added that while the repair of a simple hut by local workers
costs only US$150, the entire infrastructure of the area has been
damaged.

At present, there is still no functioning power supply in the
area.

For more than 15 years, Tofo has been famous for many whale shark and
manta sightings, thrilling thousands of divers from Europe.

For a brief
insight into the diving in the area see here.

With support from locals such as environmental activists Carlos Macacua
und Marcus Trerup of Travel2Mozambique / Terra Agua Ceu in Inhambane,
an account has been set up in the Netherlands, where donations can be
made through the GoFundMe fundraising platform
.

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Date
24th February 2017
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