Cyclone Idai 2019
Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in March 2019 killing over 700 people and displacing hundreds of thousands more. Huge areas of land are still under water.
Jesuit Missions launched an emergency appeal raising over £70,000 in two weeks and is working with Jesuit partners in the affected countries. We will continue to support the people and communities affected in the coming months and years as people rebuild their lives.
This is another disaster which has affected the poorest people who were living in vulnerable, low-lying lands.
The port city of Beira in Mozambique was one of the worst affected areas with over 90% of the buildings damaged. Entire villages were wiped out in the rural areas and crops destroyed. Zimbabwe was already suffering from a drought and chronic food shortage, meaning that millions of people suddenly became at risk of acute hunger.
In the weeks following the disaster, cholera started to spread throughout the area.
Jesuit Missions raised over £100,000 from their Cyclone Idai Appeal. They are now working with Beyond Cyclone Idai, a project led by local Jesuits in Southern Africa and other members of the Xavier Network group to form a long term plan of recovery and rehabilitation. You can read more here.