Whole villages washed away, dams and rivers burst and a contaminated water supply have contributed to a serious outbreak of cholera in places facing catastrophic damage and loss.
Mozambique seems to have borne the brunt of flooded waterways flowing downstream to the sea. One affected area is the Diocese of Niassa, in the north of Mozambique. Bishop Vicente Msosa has witnessed tragic scenes as people in the region deal with devastation and homelessness.
More than 500 cholera cases have been reported across Mozambique and the number grows daily. Today the first death from this cholera outbreak has been confirmed, according to BBC World News.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) said that at least 900,000 vaccine doses would be arriving in the port city of Beira this week. Officials have warned that the outbreak could reach epidemic proportions, says the BBC's Southern Africa online correspondent Pumza Fihlani.”
The GAFCON connection
Speaking soon after the cyclone, Bishop Msosa said, “I have just had to bury a young woman who had died of malaria as a result of living in the open. There are needs for protection against mosquitoes, clothing, shelter, safe drinking water and inflatable boats to enable emergency workers to reach people who have been stranded.”
“I have already in place a strong core team to carry out this relief support rapidly and this is a situation where we can take immediate action to share our love and solidarity with brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Bishop Msosa attended GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem. Knowledge of the situation in Niassa came via Rev Dennis Tongoi who leads the Gafcon Sustainable Development Network.
Anglican Aid CEO David Mansfield said, “It is a blessing to build on relationships developed through GAFCON and even to stand with our brothers and sisters during this time of tragedy. I urge you to keep Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi in your prayers, particularly now that the long process of recovery must begin, considerably hampered by the outbreak of cholera across the area.”
A generous response
Anglican Aid supporters have been quick to respond to this emergency which will have serious longterm consequences for the lives of millions. An estimated 1.8 million people are said to be affected across southern Africa, with no electricity or running water in areas where homes have been swept away and roads destroyed by the floods.
Please be diligent in prayer. Donations to this emergency appeal are still open. Your gift will go directly to Christian brothers and sisters in Eastern Zimbabwe or Northern Mozambique to deal responsibly with needs in the short- and the long-term.
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Once emergency activities have ceased any excess funds will be used to assist long term development objectives in the country where the emergency occurred. Emergency funds are not retained for emergencies or activities elsewhere.