Cyclone Idai: Woman gives birth to baby girl atop a mango tree

Cyclone Idai: Woman gives birth to baby girl atop a mango tree

- Cyclone Idai left over 1000 people dead and several more homeless incuding a 20-year-old heavily pregnant lady named Amelia

- Amelia and her family were caught up in the storm hence they opted to climb up a tree

- She gave birth on the tree, and together with her son, she stayed clung to the branches for two days

Amidst the catastrophic destruction and deaths that characterised Cyclone Idai which hit Beira, Mozambique between March 4 to March 21, a pregnant woman was in labour pain.

The woman identified simply as Amelia was forced to climb up a mango tree with her two-year-old son and stayed up there after her home was swept away.

As reported by BBC, close to a day after finding a "new home" ontop of the tree, she delivered a baby girl and her newborn daughter was named Sara. The family is now staying at an accommodation centre for the displaced people.

Evelyn Wambui.
Though traumatised, Amelia is now at accommodation centre. Photo: Evelyn Wambui/Facebook.

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This was in the early stages of heavy storms and flooding in central region of the former Portuguese colony that left over 1000 people dead in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

"I had no choice but to climb a tree, I was alone with my son. Then the pain started, and I had no one around to help me. In a few hours, I gave birth to my baby girl Sara, on top of that mango tree. I was completely alone with Sara and my son," she said.

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The family would later stay clung together on tree branches for two days until humanitarian bodies came through.

Evelyn Wambui.
Unconfirmed reports indicated Amelia may have lost her husband during the Cyclone Idai. Photo: Evelyn Wambui/Facebook.

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Other unconfirmed reports indicated the traumatised woman may have lost her husband or could be among those still missing to date as a result of the deadly tropical cyclone.

READ ALSO: Why Africa's Cyclone Idai was so destructive to Mozambique

This is coming after Strive Masiyiwa rewarded a woman for trekking long miles to deliver aid to Cyclone Idai victims.

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