Cyclone ldai, a category-4 cyclone made landfall near Beira City, Sofala Province in central Mozambique on 14th March 20 19, bringing with it extreme winds of up to 224km/h, torrential rains and flash floods. The situation compounded an already fragile population, with 141,000 people affected and 66 deaths recorded as a result of storms and flooding caused by the same tropical depression in the central region of Mozambique. Estimating that 1,850,00 people have been affected by the cyclone and its aftermath, the Government of Mozambique formally requested international assistance for the humanitarian response - food, shelter, education, health and non-food items, as well as logistical support. Health and education facilities have suffered significant damage, with more than 2,800 classrooms and at least 39 Health centres confirmed impacted by the cyclone and floods. In addition, more than 500,000 hectares of crops have been damaged, which will impact food security , particularly as the losses coincide with the annual harvest season. Local community infrastructures, electricity, communications (radio and cell phone) and other major public services will need support to be fully reestablished to support ongoing relief operations, as well as the longer-term recovery process.
It is natural that when disaster strikes many of us want to drop everything and do everything we can to help. However, the humanitarian responders have specific needs in terms of skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise. Below are some specific opportunities to support the work on the ground based on the needs of the humanitarian actors responding to the emergency.
Support to the Humanitarian Response
Not all of us have the opportunity to drop everything and leave our day to day lives to support recovery efforts in person but we can still help our communities affected by disaster by supporting humanitarian actors working to rebuild lives and livelihoods. IOM is on the ground, providing critical relief, but more support is needed. Your tax-deductible gift to USA for IOM will support the most vulnerable populations displaced by the storm.