Emergency aid for those affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Mozambique: provinces of Manica (9 districts), Sofala (districts of Sofala, Buzi, Nhamatanda, Dondo and Beira) and Zambezia (districts of Morrumbala, Molumbo, Chinde and Maganja da Costa); Zimbabue: province of Manicaland (most affected areas of Chimanimani, Chipinge and Buhera)
118 families (590 people)
From March to September 2019
Cyclone Idai touched land in Mozambique on the 14th and 15th March 2019, causing severe flooding both in this country and in Zimbabwe and Malawi. It was the worst cyclone in this area of Africa in the last two decades.
All three countries were devastated due to the storms and flooding. On the 15th April, more than 1,000 people were killed and over 1.8 million were affected, among them 74,600 pregnant women. The World Bank estimated that the three countries will need more than 2 billion dollars to recover. The most affected provinces have been Sofala, Manica, Zambe- zia, Inhambane and Tete.
Around 270,000 people have been severely affected in Zimbabwe, of which 18,000 have lost their homes. There are around 870,000 people affected in Malawi: 48% are under age and 52% are women.
Moreover, in the city of Beira, where 80% of the infrastructures have been destroyed, 271 cases of cholera had been confirmed on the 31st March; and more than 1,000 cases throughout Mozambique. It is feared that epidemics caused by the consumption of unsafe water may extend to other affected areas, as piped water systems have been destroyed in all three countries and latrines and other sanitation systems have overflowed. There are thousands of cases of diarrheal diseases.
To cover the basic hygiene needs of those affected, by means of water filters and hygiene kits.
Water filters are essential to prevent diseases linked to the consumption of unsafe water.
Hygiene kits contain soap for corporal hygiene, soap for laundry, toothbrush and toothpaste, towel, sanitary pads, undergarments and nail clippers. These are items that are not available to people who have lost their homes and allow users to prevent many diseases and encourage the resilience of those affected.
The filters and hygiene kits will be distributed among 590 people from 118 families. Beneficiaries will receive the necessary education to put into practice good hygiene habits and to correctly use each element.