Cyclone Idai Appeal - how you can help...

By Daniel Jones | 22 March 2019 | Comments (1)

16 March 2019.I the village of Inhamizua the secondary school was used as an emergency shelter for local residents. Approximately 300 people had sought shelter in the school, but several of the school buildings were damaged during the Cyclone Idai as it made landfall along the Central Coast of Mozambique, generating winds of over 200kph and torrential rain. The storm victims recounted stories of losing everything and not knowing what was next.  (General imagery of school, flooded land and woman standing holding child).

Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.

Houses, roads and bridges have been ripped apart and agricultural land is completely submerged. More than 1000 people are confirmed dead and 400,000 have lost their homes.

* More than 2,000 people reported injured (1,440 in Moz, 577 in Malawi and 144 in Zim)

* Fatalities: more than 1000 in the three countries.

* Mozambique: 242

* Malawi: 56

* Zimbabwe: 259 (Defence Minister)

In Mozambique alone, at least 2,800 schools and 39 hospitals have been damaged.

The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted. The UN predicts that this may become one of the worst weather-related disasters on record in the southern hemisphere.

Heavy rain with thunderstorms and strong winds are expected in seven Provinces of Mozambique over the next 24 hours.

In Zimbabwe, heavy rain with isolated thundershowers is forecast in the north-eastern province

DEC members are working closely with national partners to support the relief effort, delivering emergency shelter kits, food such as pulses and maize flour, water purification tablets and urgent health assistance.

 

You can donate to the DEC from your Stewardship Giving account 

 

Posted by Daniel Jones

Daniel is Stewardship’s Chief Generosity Officer and is passionate about finding new and innovative ways to encourage and inspire Christians in their giving, and helping those who receive to do so with excellence. Daniel advises denominations on stewardship and giving, and is a serial trustee of small community organisations. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @dmjonesoir

comments:

Lesley Harper

April 18, 2019 7:38 PM
Thanks SO MUCH, Daniel. We so appreciate all you are doing to raise awareness and prayer for Mozambique. We leave on our third trip to the Buzi basin, just South of Beira city, tomorrow morning. The trip is 950 km on horrendous roads, and we just got our vehicle back from the mechanic, as it needed repairs after the first trip. We have set up a water purifying plant which produces 1500 litres per hour (1400 cases of cholera in Beira) and are running a small base camp in partnership with a local Mozambican church in the area, from which to distribute food, care parcels with clothes, blankets, a pot, plates, cups, spoons a knife and some food, and a small number of tent shelters.. while praying for, and sharing the love and compassion of Jesus with grieving families and refugees. There are over 1.5 million people affected in Mozambique, Mostly located in Sofala and Manica provinces ... We have chosen to work in Buzi district, in Sofala, as 100 percent of the inhabitants of Buzi are refugees needing resettlement, having lost all they owned with much loss of life. Over 600 people are confirmed dead in Mozambique to date, with others missing and unaccounted for. There is much heartbreak needing great sensitivity and prayer.

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