Celestino was working at his job cleaning the town centre on a late Monday morning when the floods hit. A father of seven children, aged between 7 and 12, Celestino ran home to find his house had collapsed. He recovered two pans and two wet sacks of rice. “Our chickens, everything, were washed away,” he says.
He returned to the town centre with his wife and children. Celestino’s family stayed in the health centre for two weeks before returning home and building a small shelter from dried palm leaves and sticks. “We only made a small shelter for now,” he says. “We will not build a whole new house—maybe next year. We don’t have the money for a new house.” The floods also washed away the family’s corn, rice and cassava fields. “We have nothing left,” he says.