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Woman gave birth in mango tree during Cyclone Idai floods

A woman has revealed how she was forced to give birth in a mango tree while escaping floods caused by Cyclone Idai.

Amélia had been at home with her two-year-old son in Mozambique when suddenly without warning, water began to enter the house.

She climbed the tree while clutching onto the toddler and gave birth to her daughter Sara while clinging onto the branches.


Amélia gave birth while in a mango tree (Picture: Unicef)

I had no choice but to climb a tree, I was alone with my son, she told the UN childrens agency Unicef.

Amélia and her children have now found safety in a temporary accommodation in Dombe.

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The charity reports that the family are in good health.

Cyclone Idai has so-far claimed the lives of 843 people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving thousands of others in need of shelter and food.



It is thought over 19,000 households have been displaced as a result of the floods it caused and heavy rains before it hit.


Cyclone Idai has claimed the lives of 843 people (Picture: Getty)

Aid workers across the region were then braced for the spread of disease, as many of the victims took shelter in temporary accommodation.

A cholera outbreak is said to have affected 1,400 in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, while two people have already died from the disease.

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