Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.
According to the UN, Idai is the worst weather-related disaster on record to hit the southern hemisphere, with 1.7 million people in the storm’s path in Mozambique and 920,000 people affected in Malawi alone. The disaster has also devastated parts of neighbouring Zimbabwe, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless across the region.
The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding as search and rescue operations continue. More heavy rain is falling right now. Houses, roads and bridges have been ripped apart and agricultural land is completely submerged. More than 480 people are confirmed dead, with the death toll expected to rise to their thousands. Over 400,000 have lost their homes.
Islamic Relief on the ground
Islamic Relief, a DEC member agency, is on the ground responding to the disaster.
In Malawi, we are providing food, cash and shelter to thousands of vulnerable families in the Chikwawa District of Malawi.
We are also partnering with a local agency in Zimbabwe and will focus on the provision of immediate life-saving assistance to those affected by the cyclone.
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