Cyclone Kenneth has caused further devastation in Northern Mozambique. She and neighbouring countries Malawi and Zimbabwe are still recovering from the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai which hit the region in March.

Cyclone Kenneth struck north-eastern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province on Thursday 25th April – the strongest tropical storm to ever hit the country – and has caused widespread destruction and displacement. At least 35,000 houses have been completely or partially destroyed, while at least 21,717 school children have had their classrooms demolished and 5 health facilities have been damaged.

OM's Disaster Response team is now expanding their response as they assess new challenges and needs.  It is six weeks since Cyclone Idai and severe storms and rainfall led to the deaths of 738 people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, as well as the displacement of an estimated 270,500 people. More than 2,250 people have been injured and an estimated 2.6 million are affected by the flooding, damaged property and roads, landslides, lost livestock and crops, and the loss of livelihood means.

Click here for a story from the OM team in Mozambique

The cyclone that hit on Thursday 14th March was a high-end Category 2 storm with 175 kph (110 mph winds) but the area had already experienced over a week of non-stop rain, and rivers were filled above normal. Prior to the landfall, the cyclone brought heavy rains and flooding to the three countries resulting in the displacement of thousands of people, loss of life and the destruction of property.

The OM team in Mozambique have initially concentrated their efforts on what is known as a WASH project (focused on Water Sanitation and Hygiene needs) and better shelter construction in their town.

         

OM’s International Disaster Response team are working with OM leaders in Zimbabwe and Malawi as they consider their response to the situation in their country and their capacity to respond to this disaster.

Please pray for the governments and other agencies who are working tirelessly to help people. Pray that the flooding will subside. And pray that rescue teams can get in to the most affected areas to help, as severely damaged infrastructure is making that a challenge.

Please give to support the OM teams in the region to respond and help bring relief to the communities in their immediate areas.

PS. In the unlikely event that we raise more than is needed to support OM teams in their relief efforts, your gift will be spent on similar emergency responses and initiatives through our Mercy Fund.

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