Cyclone Idai made landfall on Thursday 14 March and has been described as potentially the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere by the UN. An estimated 2.6 million people have been affected by Cyclone Idai across Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique. This devastating crisis has claimed the lives of over 400 people and is predicted to rise to over 1,000 – with thousands still missing and many more facing displacements.
Zimbabwe’s eastern Chimanimani district and Mozambique’s Beira are among the worst affected. Hundreds of people remain trapped in the cyclone hit areas, while many are still unaccounted for.
Vital infrastructure such as schools, health facilities, roads and bridges have been severely impacted. At least 267 classrooms and 24 health units have reportedly been affected in the provinces of Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Inhambane, according to authorities. Many areas remain without power, and almost every network has been damaged.
Priority needs for affected families now are clean water, nutritious food, and shelter. Y Care International is coordinating its support with the Africa Alliance of YMCAs and YMCA Zimbabwe to respond to this crisis and provide the most impactful support where it is needed with immediate effect.
Y Care International’s Disaster Resilience and Response Advisor, Nathalie Thomas said:
“Cyclone Idai has left the most vulnerable households and communities struggling to cope. It highlights to us the importance of our work around recovery with communities and young people. Humanitarian needs are now acute. Food and clean water are an immediate priority. Our partner, Zimbabwe YMCA are well-placed to provide this vital support, and we are prepared to support them in any way we can.”
In emergencies, Y Care International works through YMCAs on the ground and through the ACT Alliance – a global coalition of more than 140 church-affiliated organisations working together in 140 countries. We have been providing life-saving care to communities affected by emergencies across the world since we were founded in 1984.
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