About 1.85 million people have now been affected by Cyclone Idai and its aftermath in Mozambique alone. Idai flattened homes and provoked widespread flooding when it made landfall near the Mozambique port city of Beira on March 14, 2019. It then ripped through neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi. In the Southern Hemisphere, it currently ranks as the second or third deadliest tropical cyclone on record.
At least 686 people have been killed by the storm and its aftermath across the three countries, a figure that could rise as relief workers prepare for what they say are inevitable outbreaks of diseases including malaria and cholera. Mozambique remains the hardest hit by the humanitarian crisis with tens of thousands of homes destroyed and hundreds of thousands displaced across an area of some 3,000 square km.
CityHope has formed relationships with three organisations currently distributing relief aid within the Beira and Dondo region. We will partner with Beyond My Borders, Life Child and Iris Global in reaching the beneficiaries that are most in need. Funding dependent, we will aim to reach between 1,000 and 10,000 families with food aid, fresh water, soap, blankets and mosquito nets.