Cyclone IDAI made landfall during the night of 14 to 15 March 2019, bringing torrential rains and winds to the Provinces of Zambezia, Manica, Sofala and Inhambane in Mozambique. Based on preliminary information in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, it is estimated that 1,8 million people are severely impacted by Cyclone Idai, including 120,000 people already affected by flooding that took place in early March in Mozambique and southern Malawi as the cyclone formed. Some hundreds have died, hundreds more still unaccounted for, and many injured, though the expectation is that death rates and casualty figures will continue to rise in the days ahead. More than 3,140 schools (affecting more than 90,000 pupils) and 39 health centres in Mozambique were destroyed by the cyclone and floods, and more than 11,000 houses were totally destroyed, 7,000 partially destroyed or flooded. A half-million hectares of crops are also reportedly destroyed. In Malawi more than 81,000 households were affected.
In Zimbabwe, Idai’s effects have been equally devastating: hundreds dead and missing, and nearly 8,000 households displaced in Chimanimani, 4,000 in Mutare, 3,000 in Chipinge, and 1,000 in Buhera. In all, nearly 50,000 households have been displaced. In Tongogara Refugee Camp some 1,100 shelters for 3,209 households are completely or partially destroyed. Some 600 latrines have been destroyed.
As the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe Mozambique we appeal to partners and friends for help in implementing a coordinated response that has three phases: Response, Recovery and Reconstruction.
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Work with current partners and local fundraising
Structures in place for counselling and psychosocial support; distribution of building materials and NFI; child protection training; food assistance
Long-term project development for livelihood support; educational and medical infrastructure