ADRA has deployed emergency response personnel in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe in response to Cyclone Idai.

As swiftly as it came, Cyclone Idai barreled through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe over the weekend, leaving thousands of people displaced. Reports also now estimate that close to 500 people are confirmed dead in Mozambique alone, but the death toll from this storm continues to rise. In total, more than 1.5 million people have been affected throughout the three countries in the aftermath of the cyclone.

ADRA has been on the ground since the aftermath in Zimbabwe helping hundreds of households with food and hygiene kits with plans to provide further assistance in hardest hit areas. ADRA has also been helping people in Mozambique and Malawi previously recover from heavy floods affecting thousands of people prior to the cyclone’s landfall.

ADRA has deployed 1000 shelter kits and 2000 tarps to Mozambique with the assistance of a UN flight convoy to assist the population in Beira, Oliveira added. “We are also in the process of deploying to Malawi emergency kits from our depots in Nairobi.”

In Malawi, ADRA has distributed clean water resources for 1,000 households to prevent the spread of disease, as well as shelter supplies, hygiene kits, and household items for more than 1,000 others.

Though the cyclone has passed, heavy rains continue to pour causing a rise in flood waters. Among those affected are students, where reportedly over 200 classrooms have been destroyed in four provinces in Mozambique. 

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