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Emergency Appeal: Cyclone Idai

More than 2 million  people are in urgent need of assistance after Cyclone Idai hit Southern Africa last week, causing widespread destruction in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

On Thursday 14 March, one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere made landfall in the port city of Beira. Wind speeds of up to 106 mph and severe flooding have wreaked havoc across the region, destroying homes and devastating crops, infrastructure and livelihoods. In Beira, 90% of the land is currently under water.

At least 480 people have been killed, and an estimated 400,000 have lost their homes, with numbers set to rise as the humanitarian response to the disaster continues.

As water systems become contaminated, there is an increased likelihood of an outbreak of waterborne diseases like cholera, which if left untreated, can be fatal.

People are living without water, food, shelter and healthcare and need urgent assistance. 

Please donate today to help us reach those most in need.

Some food and medicine is starting to reach us, but far less than is needed. Outside of Beira City it is an increasingly desperate race against time to reach many thousands of people trapped by floods. Whole communities have disappeared. I spoke to a locality chief in who told me their community is largely cut-off, with homes washed away, hundreds of people sheltering in a school and a large number of casualties. He said they urgently need food and boats to rescue those affected.

Andrew Kingman

Managing Director, Eco-MICAIA, Mozambique (RedR UK Local partner)

RedR UK Responds

We are working with local partners Eco-MICAIA in Mozambique to provide essential training to national aid workers, giving them the skills and knowledge to conduct emergency needs assessments and deliver life-saving aid to those most in need. Our focus on training local aid workers means that as flood water recede, these life-saving skills will remain in-country, helping people to rebuild their lives and ensuring they are resilient against future disasters.

RedR UK members are already on the ground and we are also supporting aid workers in the field with free, fast expert advice available 24/7 through online Q&A platform, KnowledgePoint

Please donate

Donate today to help us provide vital training to local aid workers in Mozambique, giving them the skills and knowledge to reach communities devastated by Cyclone Idai.

Your support will mean that these life-saving skills stay in-country, helping vulnerable communities to rebuild their homes and strengthen their resilience to future disasters.

Your donation today will help affected communities not just today, but for generations to come. Thank you.

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