Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
It has affected over 2.6 Million people and killed hundreds and caused severe damage to homes, families and livelihoods in Malawi. Since the 6 of March torrential downpours and storms battered the country. Days of relentless rain have caused 25 members of our Staff to loose their houses entirely another 50 have considerable damage, the bridge to Nasundu School was submerged twice and these local concerns are the very tip of the iceberg.
A few hours South from Fisherman's Rest along the East bank, Nsanje and into Mozambique have been submerged and hundreds of lives have been lost and over 400,000 people across the three countries have lost their homes. We have heard stories of houses collapsing on children while parents were outside trying to stop the flow of the water. People stuck on roofs as helicopters and boats operate tirelessly to rescue people.
As in the 2015 floods the hundreds and thousands of people displaced are in camps, waiting for relief. The Hygiene, Sanitation and Water in these camps and new areas of high population densities is a high priority, we are working in partnership with MSF again to repair and service boreholes in the camps and in areas of high risk. The Madzi Alipo Team heads out today.
The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding, the UN predicts that this may become one of the worst weather-related disasters on record for the southern hemisphere*
If you would like to support the floods in Malawi through Fisherman's Rest the funds raised will help cover the costs of borehole repairs as we head out to the flooded South of the country and some funds will help restore the damage to homes and families in considerable need locally.
*DEC report March 2019
Thank you - The FR team