‘Maybe He’s Died There’: Maputo's Residents Tortured By Silence Of Loved Ones Trapped By Cyclone Idai

Workers at Maputo’s bustling central market began Thursday like any other day, preparing their stalls and joining in a communal opening howl across the covered concourse.

The Mercado Central, like the rest of Mozambique’s capital, is operating as normal but times are troubling for many of its stallholders and customers.

A second day of mourning was under way in Mozambique on Thursday after Cyclone Idai crashed into the country’s central provinces last week.

In the capital, a post-colonial Indian Ocean city far from the worst-affected areas, residents fear for the well-being of distant family and friends.

More than 1,000 kilometres north in the central coastal city of Beira, thousands have been marooned, made homeless or killed by the tropical storm – the deadliest for two decades.

For many of Maputo’s residents, grief is being compounded by a torturous radio silence from loved ones and uncertainty over their fates after more than 242 were confirmed dead in a toll that is certain to rise.

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