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A deserted shop in the devastated Mozambican city of Beira has become a place of refuge for dozens of families displaced by a deadly cyclone, which has caused flooding and rendered many areas inaccessible.

More than 1,000 are feared to have died in the cyclone after it smashed into Mozambique last week, while scores were also killed in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

In front of Beira’s city council in the modest neighbourhood of Praia Nova, locals have settled in an abandoned shop after fleeing their homes when torrential rains and strong winds stole many roofs and flooded most buildings.

“When the wind started, we just had time to escape with the kids, we just left everything else,” mother of five Serephina Bernardo told AFP on Monday.

“We are here because our house has been submerged by the water,” the 35-year-old said.

“We have nothing left.”

Every other house has been destroyed by…

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