Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - President
Festus Mogae of Botswana Saturday toured the country's north-eastern areas
to assess damage caused by cyclone Eline.
The cyclone which hit the country Thursday came with heavy rainfall and thunders which destroyed several houses, bridges and roads. Some villages could not be supplied with food because the roads had been washed away. The effects of the cyclone has added more misery to Batswana, who had already been severely traumatised by displacement and disruptions caused by heavy rains and floods.
The floods, which claimed eight lives, severely disrupted national life in Botswana rendering over 60,000 people homeless.
However, during his tour of the cyclone hit areas, Mogae revealed that 11 people have so far died.
Overwhelmed Botswana has since appealed for and got international aid to cope with the effects of the floods.
Mogae who toured several villages affected by the cyclone told residents that the government is trying its best to assist them though there is a shortage of tents. So far food and blankets are available.
The president ordered that people living in weak structures should be evacuated and be provided with tents. He explained that more tents have been ordered from South Africa and would be distributed as soon as they arrive.
There has been a shortage of tents in the entire southern Africa because most countries in the region have been reeling under the effects of heavy rains and the accompanying floods.
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