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Jesuit Missions Cyclone Idai Appeal has raised over £70,000.
Cyclone Idai is the deadliest storm to hit Mozambique in over three decades, killing more than 700 people across Southern Africa and leaving hundreds of thousands more without homes.
This is yet another example of when a natural disaster has affected the poorest people who are the least prepared for such storms. Many people were living in vulnerable, low lying lands with no roads to be able to evacuate. Over 90% of the buildings in Beira, Mozambique were destroyed, and reports said that people in rural areas have suffered worse with entire villages being wiped out. Most of the affected areas still lie covered in water. The cyclone hit before harvest season meaning that entire crops have been wiped out. Zimbabwe was already experiencing drought and a chronic food shortage meaning that millions of people’s lives are now at risk due to lack of food.
Jesuit Missions is in touch with Jesuits partners in the affected countries who are assessing the immediate needs of the people and communities. We will be supporting people throughout the coming months and years as they rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
Cholera is now starting to spread, and the numbers of people affected are growing. Thousands of people still need urgent help.