I last heard from my small team in Beira at 4.30pm today.
Their homes have been damaged and they are still very anxious but they and their families are all safe.
For the past few days, staff had to travel nine miles (15km) to call us for updates as there was no phone signal.
It was raining heavily the whole time and the waters were rising.
Since this morning they have been able to call from inside the city but the quality is very bad so it is still hard to
communicate and to get all of the details we need.
The latest information is that the rain seems so be slowing down, which is good news, but we are not sure if it will last.
The water was at around eight metres (26ft) in many places but now has fallen to around five (16ft) – some internal roads can be used by many of the major routes out of Beira and connecting to rural areas are still impassable.
The airport and the port are starting to function again.
One priority is access to areas that still haven’t been reached. Humanity and Inclusion’s (HI) logistic expert will arrive in Beira on Saturday to assess the problems and try to co-ordinate a response – clearing roads, co-ordinating transport, organising stocks of aid etc.
A huge number of people have lost their homes, all of their belongings and their crops, so their needs are very far reaching.
In the next few days, protection against diseases will also be essential, including mass vaccination programmes.
We believe more than 600,000 people are affected by the disaster, including 141,000 displaced people. Twelve thousand houses and schools have been destroyed alongside 85,000 hectares of crops.
If heavy rains return, the situation will deteriorate.
I can confirm that there are a large number of people in need, including and perhaps especially, people with disabilities.
Before the cyclone, HI was working with 137 people with disabilities in Beira, including 28 children. We have not yet been able to confirm where they are, if they are safe and if they have access to humanitarian aid.
Our focus in the coming days will be the needs of the most vulnerable.
All humanitarian organisations are working in extremely complex conditions.The main challenge over the past days has been the communication network and access to the areas affected.
Due to these problems, we still don’t have all of the information we need to be able to fully co-ordinate the response. But we are all working together, ensuring that everyone plays to their strengths.
HI will be focusing on providing logistics support to get the area up and running again and making sure that the most vulnerable survivors have access to appropriate support.
In any case humanitarian response plan is in place, and the firsts activities will start in a few days.
Due to the communication problems, I haven’t been able to confirm these reports with our team, but the photos showing the scale of the destruction speak for themselves.
People have now been battling impossible conditions for almost a week. We need to reach everybody and provide some relief.
IH is raising funds to support vulnerable people impacted by the cyclone in Mozambique.
To donate to the DEC emergency appeal, visit their website, call the 24-hour hotline 0370 60 60 610, donate at any bank or Post Office or give £5 by texting SKY to 70000.