INHAMBANE, MOZAMBIQUE, Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario will visit the southern province of Inhambane to assess the damage inflicted by Cyclone Dineo which hit the province on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

Data from provincial governor Daniel Chapo indicates that the death toll from the cyclone stands at seven, while 51 others suffered injuries. A total of 152,000 people were affected by the storm, particularly in the coastal districts.

Many of those temporarily displaced have now returned to their homes but about 800 people are still accommodated in a centre opened on the premises of the Pedagogic University, where they are receiving assistance provided by the National Disasters Management Institute.

According to Chapo, the province needs at least 550 million meticais (about eight million US dollars) to repair the most seriously affected education and health facilities. The provincial government will rely on its own resources, those of local civil society organizations, and those of development partners, including Ireland and UNICEF.

The cyclone disrupted electricity and water supplies and communications, which are being gradually re-established but the ferry service between the cities of Inhambane and Maxixe remains interrupted. The cyclone destroyed the jetty on the Maxixe side.

Without the ferry, people who live in one of the two cities but work or study in the other cannot cross the narrow finger of sea that separates them. A provisional jetty has been installed, and Chapo said the government is working to re-establish the full ferry service in the coming week.