Devastation in Mozambique

Devastation in Mozambique

“The fragile urban and social fabric of the city of Beira and the area along the so-called ‘Beira corridor,’ where about 1 million people live, was shaken by a category 4-5 hurricane on the night between March 14 and 15,” wrote Archbishop Claudio Dalla Zuanna, SCJ, archbishop of Beira and former vicar general of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. “Winds were approximately 200 kilometers per hour. In the city, buildings have been blown open, windows shattered, and trees uprooted. Electric poles and television antennas are down.  On the outskirts of town houses are destroyed…

“We have 25 parishes in this area, practically all of them were seriously damaged. Three churches were literally razed to the ground. The houses of the priests who work in these parishes were damaged; also the seminary (we were completing the refectory and the chapel), the diocesan radio station and many other diocesan structures were damaged. Even my house, where the curia offices are also located, is completely uncovered. The first floor with the bedrooms is open to the sky and therefore the rain. We have “taken refuge” on the ground floor, but water comes down the stairs and is dripping from the ceiling in many parts…”

Click here to read Archbishop Claudio’s full letter. 

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