In March, Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Across the three countries at least 900 people have been killed and around three million desperately need help.
Just a few weeks later Cyclone Kenneth followed Cyclone Idai. This is the first time in recorded history that two strong tropical cyclones have hit Mozambique in the same season, further weakening the country's ability to respond to the destruction cause by Idai.
Cyclone Idai brought strong winds and widespread flooding ripping apart roads, bridges, houses, schools and health facilities and submerged vast swathes of agricultural land.
As flood levels recede, work to clear debris, reopen roads and reconnect electricity and water supplies is underway. Some people who fled their homes as flood waters rose are returning home but more than 230,000 remain displaced across three countries and are living in communal sites such as schools and churches.
A growing number of cholera cases have been confirmed and there is a high risk of outbreaks of other waterborne diseases as supplying clean water remains a significant challenge.
With the aid effort fully underway, DEC charities, working closely with national partners to support government-led relief efforts, are prioritising the delivery of clean water, building toilets and handwashing facilities to tackle the outbreak of cholera. They are also delivering emergency shelter materials and blankets, food such as pulses and maize flour, and urgent health assistance. Focusing on longer-term food security and rehabilitation of livelihoods is paramount and some members are already providing seeds and tools to communities.
With the country reeling from yet another natural disaster, resources in Mozambique are now even more limited. The situation is severe and the response capacity is overwhelmed. Further donations are needed to continue reaching the survivors of Cyclone Idai.
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