Cyclone Idai devastates the southern hemisphere: Millions of people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi affected in what might be the worst disaster amidst climate change
By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications
In a FaceBook post, the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe Mozambique (ZIM) called on all to help in raising funds for the survivors and victims of Cyclone Idai. The post read “through the Jesuit Relief fund, a project set up to allow the Jesuits to provide emergency humanitarian aid to communities affected by natural disasters such as the one our brothers and sisters have faced.
We are asking for donations in cash and in-kind (clothes, blankets, non-perishable food) for the relief of those affected by cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. If you send money, kindly send an email with the transfer details to the contacts below. We wish to send you an account of how your cash donations would have been used”.
This kind gesture comes amidst rescue missions through aid workers and aid agencies like the Red Cross, race against time to reach survivors of the devastating cyclone which swept through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Many Charity organizations are scrambling to save as many people as possible after Cyclone Idai spiraled into Beira last Thursday, leaving a trail of devastation as it moved inland across Zimbabwe and Malawi with winds blowing at more than 177 km/h (106 mph). According to the BBC. According to the UN Cyclone Idai may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, as the cyclone swept through these countries over few days destroying everything on its path, leading to devastating floods, damaging roads, killing and injuring thousands of people and damaging food crops. Over 2.6 million people might be affected across the three countries of Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique. In the port city of Beira hit on Friday, home to 500,000 people is now submerged “island in the ocean”, and is almost completely cut off, with aid agencies saying that only two to three days of clean water is left. There is a shortage of food and clean drinking water and the threat to disease is staring the survivors of Cyclone Idai, as medical agencies warn.
Desperate people carried away sacks of rice from this warehouse in Beira - AFP via BBC
The confirmed death toll in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi are 200, 98 and 56 respectively. But these numbers are expected to rise as the whole picture of the devastation gets clearer as the disaster still unfolds.
In Malawi more than 80, 000 people have been displaced according to the UN.
The President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi, on Tuesday announced three days mourning and he said his government would declare a national emergency. Mozambique has been hit by cyclones and flooding in the past, with the most recent devastating one in 2000, however, this could be the worst.
The Mozambican and the South African military and other organisations are coordinating rescue efforts from the air as also may other aid organisations struggle to get supplies and teams to the affected regions due to damaged roads and bridges, as some people cling to trees, on rooftops, or “new islands” that have since formed, and have no food, according to rescue workers.
Submerged areas, homes destroyed, roads damaged - Bendito Ngozo
Please let us pray for the hundreds who have lost their lives, for the thousands who are stuck in rooftops, trees, without food, water, and medicine and also most importantly donate towards the rescue mission by the Jesuit Relief Fund through the Zimbabwe Mozambique Province. See donation avenues below and share widely.
People climb on roofs of buildings in Beira, Mozambique hanging in for the hope of being rescued as Cyclone Idai continues to devastate Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi - Bendito Ngozo
Images BBC & The Guardian
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