Nearly 3 million people in Malawi and Mozambique have been affected by the heavy rains, strong winds and flooding caused by Cyclone Idai. As of March 21, more than 300 people have been reported dead, although the number is expected to rise into the thousands. In Malawi, more than 82,000 people have been displaced in the Chikwawa, Nsanje, Mulanje and Phalombe districts, and a further 17,100 people in Mozambique have been forced to flee their homes in the Niassa, Tete and Zambezia provinces, as as many as 100,000 are still at risk. An estimated 85,000 hectares of crops have been flooded, impacting 57,800 small-holder farmers.
MCC is present in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and has already dispatched a shipment of blankets, soap, hygiene kits, school kits, relief kits and canned meat to Malawi. MCC programming in Mozambique includes construction of wells and sand dams, conservation agriculture, education and vocational training, and health initiatives.
Photo: People displaced by Cyclone Idai trudge through a muddied path to safer ground near Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. AP photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
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