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Cyclone Hits Mozambique

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Cyclone Idai recently hit southeastern Africa, causing widespread devastation in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Mozambique was particularly devastated, with hundreds feared dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. The disaster along the coast has reignited concerns about the impact of climate change on poor communities around the world.

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“Mozambique disaster exposes Western double standards”

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“Mayor in Mozambique says negligence led to cyclone deaths”

“EDITORIAL COMMENT: Cyclone Idai: Zimbabwe needs help from international community”

“Climate change isn’t 50 or 75 years away”


  • Writing: Why was the devastation in Mozambique from Cyclone Idai so great?
  • Debate: International efforts to combat climate change should be strengthened, given the damage done by Cyclone Idai.
  • Poll: Do you think it is too late for the international community to prevent catastrophes influenced by climate change?
  • Short Answer: Why is the danger of cholera and malaria high in Mozambique?

Current events quiz:

1) Cyclone Idai has added to international conversations about ______.

a. climate change
b. humanitarian help
c. world hunger
d. all of these

2) How much money is the United Nations urging the international community to fund for an emergency appeal?

a. $1 billion
b. $1 million
c. $300 million
d. $750 million

3) Which continent was hit by Cyclone Idai?

a. Africa
b. Asia
c. South America
d. Europe

4) More than 5 people are now diagnosed with waterborne disease following the cyclone. (T/F)

5) More than 1.8 million people are in need of urgent help from the UN and other international humanitarian bodies. (T/F)

6) More than 7,000 people have died from Cyclone Idai. (T/F)


1) D

2) C

3) A

4) T

5) T

6) F

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