Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on March 14. It has caused widespread flooding and destruction in parts of southeast Africa, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Over 200 people have been reported dead so far. With many still missing or requiring rescue, there are concerns that more than 1,000 people may have died. Thousands are awaiting rescue from near the city of Beira, Mozambique, where floodwaters are still rising.
An estimated 1.5 million people have been affected by this devastating storm, which is being reported as one of the worst weather-related disasters ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.
Lutheran Disaster Response is working with our global partners and companions to respond to this disaster. In Zimbabwe, for example, ACT Alliance members are planning to provide blankets, hygiene kits, food, clothing and diapers for up to 6,000 adults and children to ensure that basic needs are met. We are also reaching out to our companion churches in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe as they assess needs in their communities and prepare to respond.
What you can do:
Please pray for the communities that are impacted by Cyclone Idai. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will comfort those who mourn the loss of loved ones and provide strength to those who are delivering aid and rescue.
Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response to support the response to Cyclone Idai.
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