On Friday, March 15, Cyclone Idai made landfall in central Mozambique. Winds of up to 110 mph swept across the countryside, destroying homes, schools, hospitals and roads. The weeks before the storm had seen heavy rain, and with Idai dumping torrents of water, rivers burst their banks. Whole communities were submerged under filthy, fast-moving floodwater. Many families had to climb onto the roofs of their homes or into trees to escape.
Crops were destroyed. Livestock were lost. Families were left with nothing. No food, no shelter. Everything they owned was gone. It’s a day no one will ever forget – especially children who had never seen anything like it before.
But the rampage wasn’t over when Idai finally released its grip on Mozambique. In neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, the torrential rains continued over already saturated provinces. Rivers there also overflowed, creating similar flooding. Families who had the fewest means to deal with a disaster were even more vulnerable.
Thanks to you, Save the Children teams in all three countries were on the ground within hours. With your support, we were there to help families find food, shelter and safety. And in the following weeks and months, we’ve supported people as they began rebuilding their lives.
Please see the attached PDF for details on our response, including providing food, clean water, restoring access to learning, and protecting children in the aftermath. Attachments: