Wed 27, Mar 2019
The Anglican Board of Mission is responding to the recent disaster caused by Cyclone Idai, a category 3 storm, which struck Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi on Thursday 14 March 2019. This has been described as the worst weather –related disaster in the Southern Hemisphere with the UN estimating up to 2 million people have been affected. Earlier this week, ABM sent AUD 10,000 from our Rapid Response Fund through our partner USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) to assist the people of Mozambique.
Mozambique is a country which is low lying so the flooding has had a devastating effect. Survivors are in desperate need of food, shelter and clothing. USPG has heard that mortuaries are under water so the dead cannot be held safely or buried. Thus, there is a real concern about the spread of disease such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria arising from the disaster.
USPG reports: “Churches in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique have all been affected. Bishop Carlos Matsinhe, of the Diocese of Lebombo (Church in Mozambique, Anglican Church of Southern Africa) said USPG: “When Cyclone Idai hit the provinces of Sofala, Manica it caused dreadful disaster situation to the city of Beira. The number of people who died is rising. The city is flooded and cut off and we have no communication. Survivors have no food or clean water. The government and several institutions are working hard to rescue survivors and settle them elsewhere. It is a [tragic] emergency. Personally I have not been able to have news of our Priest in Beira not of any member of the church. I am flying to Beira not knowing how to reach our people or at least the church premises.”
USPG is a long-standing partner of the church in Mozambique, as well as the other southern African churches, so they are well positioned to provide the humanitarian aid needed to support the many people affected by Cyclone Idai.
ABM is appealing for your help to raise $20,000 for the Cyclone Idai, Southern Africa Emergency so that urgent relief supplies can be provided to those who have lost so much and are now in dire need of assistance.
We will post updates as they come to hand and ask that you please pray for all the victims, survivors and the emergency workers as they face the challenges ahead.
A second cyclone, Cyclone Kenneth, struck Mozambique on Thursday 25 April with winds of 220km/h (140mph), flattening villages and damaging thousands more homes. The death toll in the northern part of the country has risen to 38, officials say. With heavy rains turning roads into rivers, aid efforts are now more complicated. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48096148
(Please don’t forget to write down the Code SA001CY and/or the campaign name Cyclone Idai, Southern Africa Emergency and include it with your donation.)
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