Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth Appeal

Caritas emergency teams reach rural areas by boat

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee to reach hundreds of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Idai, across Southern Africa. Photo credit: Caroline Brennan / Caritas Internationalis

CAFOD is working to reach hundreds of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth across Southern Africa.

What has happened?

On 14-15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai made landfall in central Mozambique, near Beira City, Sofala Province, leaving almost 90 per cent of the city submerged in flood water. The cyclone also hit Zimbabwe and Malawi, destroying homes, roads, bridges, and vital crops in its wake.

Hundreds of people have died, and thousands of people are in need of vital humanitarian aid to survive the coming days and weeks ahead. 

Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Mozambique on 25 April 2019, bringing strong winds of up to 140mph and flooding.

The area worst affected is the northern coast of Mozambique – which is now dealing with extreme rainfall, threatening the lives, homes and the work of mainly agricultural communities, during the vital harvest season.

CAFOD is working to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. 

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What are the needs of those affected by Cyclone Idai?

Working with our local Caritas emergency response experts, rapid assessments are already underway in some of the worst affected areas in Mozambique – Beira, Dondo, and Caia, where the priority is to reach 1,400 vulnerable people, with food – rice, beans, sugar and cooking oil, as well as hygiene kits.

In eastern Zimbabwe, our local emergency experts are doing rapid assessments in the Chimanimani and Chipinge area, where it’s estimated that at least 9,000 people need vital humanitarian aid, including clean and safe water, basic shelter, and food. But many districts remain inaccessible, so this number is expected to rise.

How does my donation help?

Our local partners are working around the clock to reach areas and communities affected by the Cyclone. Their local knowledge is vital in ensuring that the most vulnerable families are reached with the basic aid they need to survive.

We have pledged an initial £100,000 for Mozambique and £50,000 for Zimbabwe, but much more will be needed as the disaster unfolds.

Any donation you can give to our appeal is greatly appreciated because it will reach those most in need. You can bring hope and dignity to ordinary people facing a terrible situation:

  • £30 can provide blankets to keep two families warm.
  • £50 could provide a family with food for a month.
  • £100 could help build a toilet and washing facilities for families who have lost their homes.

Please donate today

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