CYCLONE IDAI CAUSES MASSIVE DEVASTATION
2.5 million people impacted across Southern Africa
Your help is urgently needed
Cyclone Idai has flattened homes and washed away the crops of thousands of families in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The death toll is horrifying and quickly rising.
As in any crisis, children and families with a disability are the most vulnerable.SAVE LIVES NOW
Cyclone Idai has already caused massive destruction in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and floodwaters are still rising as torrential rains lash the region.
In Malawi alone, approximately 920,000 people are now homeless. Flooding has created a ‘major inland ocean’ in Mozambique. And in Zimbabwe, like the other countries, communities and cities are cut-off from support by overwhelming flooding.
Emergency workers are saying this is the most destructive flooding in decades.
“This is a storm unlike anything I have seen before”– Peter M.G. Ngomwa, MACOHA Director, Malawi
Waters will rise further, drowning people crowded on rooftops and hanging from trees.
Even after the waters recede, access to clean water will get worse. Hunger will become desperate.
Children and families already living in poverty will fall victim to water-borne, life-threatening diseases like cholera, malaria and dengue fever, common in the aftermath of natural disasters like these.
And children and families already living with a disability – or newly injured in the disaster – will be overlooked in the global relief effort. They are the most vulnerable – to death and to disease.
Our local partners are working to provide life-saving aid – Food, Water, Shelter. The faster they can respond – the more lives we can save.
We will work with local health and hospital partners to treat injuries and disease in the aftermath of the Cyclone.
Together with our community-based partners we will be there in the long term to help re-build lives – through rehabilitation and livelihood support.
How You Can Help
Please pray for everyone affected by Cyclone Idai.
”"I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God..."– Psalm 69: 2b-3a (NIV)