On March 15, 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai slammed into central Mozambique as a Category 3 storm. After lingering in the Mozambique channel for six days, Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique, and tracked inland towards Malawi and Zimbabwe. The storm brought severe wind and flooding to these regions, with extensive damage caused to homes, schools, health facilities, and infrastructure. Nearly three million people have been affected by the storm.
Whilst media attention has begun moving away from the devastated communities, survivors still face dire circumstances. This post-disaster region is a highly complex and challenging environment for both survivors and aid workers. The Mozambique government has referred to this a “humanitarian disaster of great proportion” and has requested international support. This is a highly complex situation and data collection during our remote assessment indicated that we would be more effective if we focus on recovery efforts.
Based on extensive conversations with in-country contacts, we deployed our Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) to Mozambique in early May. Our team performed ground assessments and met with the Ministry of Education, among others, to gain situational awareness and explore potential partnership opportunities. We’re continuing discussions with local contacts to gain clarity around key challenges and determine how we can best support recovery efforts.
In the coming weeks, we aim to Identify a partner organization that has a long-standing relationship with an affected Mozambique community, made a long term commitment to stay in the community and has suffered damage to their services/facilities that we can effectively address.
It’s clear the road to recovery will be long and arduous. If we can assist with long term recovery, we expect this effort to require months of thoughtful planning and coordination with a local partner before starting a volunteer program.
Please donate today to help support the communities impacted by Tropical Cyclone Idai.
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