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Beira

(bā`rə), region and former province, N central Portugal, S of the Douro River. The old capital was CoimbraCoimbra
, city (1991 pop. 96,142), capital of Coimbra dist., W central Portugal, on the Mondego River, in Beira Litoral. The old capital of Beira, it is a market center with small industries but is known chiefly for its history and for the famous university, which was founded
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. The province extended to the Atlantic coast between the Douro and the Mondego and SE of the Mondego to the upper Tagus. The region is now occupied by the provinces of Beira Alta (capital ViseuViseu
, town (1991 pop. 20,589), capital of Viseu dist. and Beira Alta, N central Portugal. The town has agricultural-processing and textile industries. It is famous for its wine.
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), Beira Baixa (capital Castelo Branco), and part of Beira Litoral (capital Coimbra) and is further subdivided into the districts of Aveiro, Viseu, Coimbra, Guarda, and Castelo Branco. The region is traversed by the Serra da Estrela, Portugal's highest mountain range. Grains, fruits, and olives are grown. Industries include fishing and the manufacture of textiles and forest products. The area had been recovered from the Moors even before Portugal was formed, but Moorish attacks continued into the 13th cent. Later Beira was contested in the incessant Portuguese-Castilian wars.

Beira

(bāy`rä), city (1997 pop. 397,368), capital of Sofala province, E central Mozambique, a seaport on the Mozambique Channel (an arm of the Indian Ocean), at the mouths of the Púngoè and Búzi rivers. A commercial center, the city grew (beginning in 1891) as the terminus of a railroad into the interior. Beira has handled the foreign trade of Congo (Kinshasa), Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi as well as of Mozambique, but rail service was interrupted by bombings during the war for Zimbabwean independence in the late 1970s and was ultimately halted as a result of the Mozambique civil war. Rail service has since been restored to parts of Mozambique and to Zimbabwe and connections beyond. In 2019 a tropical cyclone devastated the city.

beira:

see antelopeantelope,
name applied to any of a large number of hoofed, ruminant mammals of the cattle family (Bovidae), which also includes the bison, buffalo, sheep, and goats. Found in Africa and Eurasia, they range in size from pygmy antelopes, 12 in.
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Beira

a port in E Mozambique: terminus of a transcontinental railway from Lobito, Angola, through the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Pop.: 566 000 (2005 est.)
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Beira is the fourth largest and one of the main commercial cities in Mozambique and will serve as a gateway to most of the countries in Central Africa with potential tourist attractions.
Part of the funds will also go towards disease prevention programmes in affected areas in and around Beira, where nearly 5,000 people have been infected with cholera, resulting in four deaths.
As of mid-April, the official figures from the Mozambican government indicated that 598 people were dead, 1600 were nursing injuries, more than 131,600 had been displaced and were living in temporary shelters, 715,000 hectares of crops were washed away, 112,000 houses destroyed and 90% of Beira destroyed.
Cyclone Kenneth spared the Beira region, landing instead in the less-populated northern reaches of the country.
Al Jazeera quoted Kate Alberti, a cholera expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) as saying that the campaign will immunize around 900,000 people in four districts, including Beira, Buzi, Nhamatanda and Dondo, which were badly affected by Cyclone Idai last month.
The vast majority of these (959 cases) are in Beira where one death has also been confirmed, followed by Nhamatanda (87 cases).
"Food-security-wise, it's been devastating," the World Food Programme's director for Southern Africa, Lola Castro, told Reuters at the airport in the cyclone-hit port city of Beira. "We have to scale up fast." WFP has delivered food aid to some 200,000 Mozambicans and aims to reach a million in the next two weeks, Castro said.
Gert Verdonck, from Doctors Without Borders' emergency coordinator for Beira, said: "We're not going to test every single case (for cholera) because it's not difficult to recognise when you look at the diarrhoea of a patient."
Health workers were also battling 2,700 cases of acute watery diarrhoea -- which could be a symptom of cholera -- Isse said, adding the government had organised a treatment centre for cholera in Beira hospital.
UNICEF head Henrietta Fore just visited Mozambique's ravaged port city of Beira and said "it's a race against time" to help the displaced and prevent disease.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Humanitarian agencies raised alerts over hygiene and safe drinking water needs eight days after Cyclone Idai lashed central Mozambique as some cholera cases are reported in the devastated port city of Beira.