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Residents walk in the flooded streets of the Paquite district of Pemba on April 29, 2019, as Cyclone Kenneth hit northern Mozambique, killing 38 and destroying thousands of home. - Heavy rain battered northern Mozambique on April 29 as residents and relief workers confronted the widespread devastation wrought by Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest cyclone to ever hit Africa, weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the city of Beira, 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) to the south.

Thousands Left Homeless After Tropical Cyclone Eloise Hits Mozambique

Cyclone Eloise has thus far displaced close to 7000 people and destroyed houses, crops, schools and hospitals.

Mozambique has been hit by Cyclone Eloise which made landfall this past Saturday. The cyclone has since caused immense flooding and infrastructure damage. Close to 7000 people in the coastal province of Mozambique have reportedly been displaced after more than 5000 houses were destroyed. Furthermore, over 100 000 hectares of viable crops have been destroyed along with 9 schools and 11 hospitals.


Read: Cyclone Kenneth Has Made Landfall: It is the strongest storm to ever hit Mozambique

The UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the most severely affected areas are mainly in Buzi, Dondo, Nhamatanda and Beira City. Reaching those displaced has been made difficult because of the destruction to highways and electrical powerlines, as reported by Al Jazeera. The devastation caused by Cyclone Eloise has resulted in the urgent need for essential supplies like food, water, blankets and shelter which ActionAid Mozambique is reportedly sourcing.

Cyclone Eloise landed in Mozambique a couple of hours past midnight and downgraded to a tropical storm as it travelled across to South Africa in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal. The heavy rains are set to continue for a few days causing concern for Africa's major electricity provider, Eskom, which has power stations in Mpumalanga and Mozambique. According to IOL, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said there was “no negative impact and that the power station lines had been reinforced a few years ago.”

Sadly, four deaths have been recorded, this is according to the BBC. A couple of years ago, Mozambique was hit by Cyclones Kenneth and Idai in the space of a month. The devastating category-four cyclone resulted in the evacuation of 30 000 people.

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Lukhanyo Mdingi on Making his Paris Fashion Week Debut

We talked to the South African designer who, after co-winning the LMVH Prize last year, showcased his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 collection in Paris earlier this month.

In 2015, South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi founded his eponymous label. Inspired by his mother and grandmother who raised him, Mdingi has created a formidable brand that is centered on building a bridge between heritage and timeless fashion pieces. Since the brand’s inception, Mdingi has made great strides in fashion, from his NYFW debut in 2019 to being crowned a joint winner of the 2021 LVMH Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

This year, Mdingi took his vision of Africa to France’s fashion capital, Paris, where he made his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 debut for the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Collection. Being the first designer on the program schedule to present, Mdingi showcased a collection that spoke of the relationship he shares with himself and the artisans he collaborates with. For the past two years, Mdingi has been working to source his woven textiles and knitwear from crafts communities in Burkina Faso, Somalia, and the Eastern Cape, and the collection featured textural and sartorial nuances paying homage to his being a young Black creative.

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