Mozambique Cyclone Project Update

Wednesday, March 27, 10:33AM

Mozambique Cyclone

Victims of Cyclone Idai dig for a relative who was lost in the storm.

Reports continue to show the terrible damage of Cyclone Idai and the trauma the survivors continue to endure. The death toll stands at 750, but is expected to rise much higher. The port city of Beira, a city of 500,000 people, was 90 percent destroyed. An estimated 15,000 people were stranded on rooftops and “islands” that developed as Cyclone Idai burst riverbanks and unleashed flash floods.

Some saw trees as their only refuge. But a few days later, the trees transformed into dangerous prisons as snakes slithered along the branches and crocodiles lurked in the waters below. Weakness from lack of food and exhaustion meant the danger of being tipped into the currents.

Now almost two weeks after the storm, people are living in tent camps, schools, churches, roads, and other impromptu places on higher ground. The current needs are clean water, food, and clothes. Pray for wisdom as CAM continues to research the needs to find out ways we can help. Pray also for those affected by this horrific disaster.

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Mozambique is reeling in the wake of devastating Cyclone Idai. This storm struck the southern coast of Africa last week, bringing catastrophic flooding. Many homes are still submerged in the floodwaters. Hundreds of thousands are displaced, and the death toll in Mozambique is rapidly rising. Government officials expect the death toll to exceed 1,000. United Nations experts say Cyclone Idai is one of the most devastating weather-related disasters to ever hit south of the equator.

Many of those affected by the flooding were already living in severe poverty. Now they face overwhelming needs. Homes have collapsed and crops have been destroyed. Water-borne diseases could become rampant.

Researching needs

CAM’s International Crisis team is communicating with contacts in Mozambique to see how we can respond to this historic disaster. Several staff members are preparing to travel to Mozambique to investigate needs. We are unsure of how we will be involved, but will keep you posted as this project develops. Pray that God would direct and open doors as we research and find ways to help.


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