Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi

by ActionAid USA
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi

Since making landfall in March, Cyclone Idai has affected more than three million people across Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Hundreds of people have lost their lives, thousands of homes, schools, and clinics have been damaged, many farming communities have gone without food, and others have been forced to leave their homes.

This is why we need your help to both provide crucial humanitarian assistance and support local communities who are leading the way to recovery.

Hilda is a community leader in Zimbabwe. She and her family have struggled to make ends meet since the disaster. Her husband used to deliver bananas to make a living, but he’s been unemployed since the storm wiped out all the banana crops.

Hilda took bold action to rebuild her community. Through ActionAid, she got trained in disaster response and recovery. Now, she’s supporting thousands of women to heal and take action. They’re planting new crops, earning money for their family, rebuilding roads, speaking out about climate change… It’s all possible through your support.

With your support, women like Hilda are unafraid to be bold. We know that in an emergency, women are often first to respond and also bear the brunt of the impact. In the face of disaster, Hilda is building up her community today – and setting a precedent of women’s leadership for generations to come. As climate change disasters loom, it’s never been more important.

Did you know that you can create a fundraiser on GlobalGivingfor this project?We need your help to continue to support communities recovering from Cyclone Idai. Invite your family and friends to give today. 


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Click here to watch an update we just received from Toendepi Kamusewu, Head of Programs at ActionAid Zimbabwe, about the situation and the support that is needed for those affected by Cyclone Idai.

Toendepi also shared, “Roads and bridges have been swept away so the rescue and response efforts are very challenging. There are only six helicopters bringing in supplies, dropping them to stranded survivors and also airlifting out the most vulnerable.

“I saw people desperately trying to dig out a 16 year old boy who was buried under the rubble. It was heartbreaking. Mass burials are taking place with more than 30 people being buried together in a mass grave. It is very difficult to identify who people are which is devastating for families.

“People have lost their homes, livestock and livelihoods. They are in dire need of food, water, shelter and medicine … I have never seen such devastation before. The need on the ground is enormous.”

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Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.

The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted. The United Nations believes that this may be one of the worst weather-related disasters on record in the southern hemisphere.

“Desperate survivors are waiting to be rescued from the tops of buildings. Rescuers are working round the clock but fear they don’t have the resources to rescue everyone. The worst affected areas are cut off from the rest of the country, without communication or power," shares Marcia Cossa, Head of Programmes, ActionAid Mozambique.

“With rain continuing to fall the situation on the ground is dire. Busi district is almost entirely under water. In desperation families are wading through water to try and reach safe ground.”

ActionAid is in all affected countries preparing to get supplies through to survivors in isolated areas. We urgently need funds to scale up our response. Please give now and share this project to help provide life-saving support.


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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Francis Noon
Washington, DC United States

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