Cyclone Idai Update


Date Submitted: March 28, 2019
Country: Mozambique


Mozambique, March 23

Cyclone Idai hit Beira with winds of up to 170km/h last Thursday, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing hundreds. Rescue workers in Mozambique are racing against time to save hundreds of people clinging onto roofs and trees around the devastated city of Beira. The powerful cyclone triggered flash floods, submerging entire villages and wiping out communities across southeastern Africa. Aid workers spoke of women trapped in trees throwing their babies onto rescue boats. They talked of plucking people from head-deep water, only to strand them in patches of land where the water reached their ankles.
Most of the areas are covered in water and the only way to access these remote areas is by helicopter. We as the leadership have decided to send someone to the north for an assessment on how best we can operate. It would not be wise to go on a mission without knowing how bad things are and if we would be able to assist to the best of our ability. After the assessment has been done and the people have been allocated to designated areas, that’s when a team from Maputo will go with supplies for the believers in the north. We desperately need the water to subside as we don’t have the means of reaching some areas where the believers are. Please pray that the water levels decrease. There are talks of releasing water from the dams close by, for fear of them bursting, this could worsen an already dire situation. Join us in prayer for the believers and locals who have been affected by this disaster.
Note: You can support disaster relief efforts by giving to the Hurricane Recovery Fund.