The bustling port city of Beira (pop. 530,000) and remote outlying villages were particularly hard hit. Mud brick homes known locally as “pau a pique” (mud and twigs) were no match for the wind, rains and flood waters that rose to as much as 10 meters. Compounding the damage, storms and seasonal flooding that had begun weeks earlier, persisted in the aftermath of the cyclone destroying farmer’s fields the largely agrarian region relies on as the primary employer, and ultimately covering an area the size of Luxembourg. On April 16th, a hot and humid day, two boats were loaded by Samaritan’s Purse staff with 420 4x6 meter tarps donated by USAID and distributed through IOM’s Common Shelter Pipeline in Beira.