Tropical Cyclone Idai came ashore near the coastal city of Beira in Mozambique on Thursday 14 March, with wind speeds of up to 190 km per hour. The storm has caused widespread wind damage and floods in central and northern Mozambique, killing more than 200 people and injuring 1,400.
There is an urgent need for psychological support, shelter, food, water and sanitation, clothing and material to rebuild houses.
“The damage from Tropical Cyclone Idai is massive and the humanitarian situation in Beira is catastrophic,” says Simiao Mahumana, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Mozambique. “There is a lack of safe drinking water and water-borne disease is going to become a problem very soon. Many of the houses have no roof and families who have lost their homes are now living in tents at emergency shelters. Outside the city, we have reports of rural villages that have disappeared under water.”
Senait Bayessa, the SOS Children’s Villages International Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, says: “The damage caused to schools could take weeks if not months to repair, causing further disruption to the important daily events in every child’s life. We need to act now to restore children’s education and provide protection and psychosocial services.”