Emergency Appeal Declared as Cyclone Idai Devastates Parts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Parts of Southern Africa recently struggling in drought have now been inundated following the arrival of Cyclone Idai, which made landfall in Beira, a major port city on Mozambique's Indian Ocean coast, on Friday 15th March. Some estimate that 90% of Beira is now underwater. From the air, formerly dry and desolate areas are now islands in the midst of inland seas. 

In eastern Zimbabwe, only a few hundred kilometres from Beira, areas such as the beautiful Rusito Valley have been severely damaged and are cut off from the outside.

Many of our supporters will be familiar with our brothers, Tawanda Masango, Antony Dandato and Robinson Gezimati, who are engaged in university ministry and the Honeyworld bee-keeping enterprise. Their families are still in the region, living in communities that have lost everything in the floods and landslides following the cyclone. 

According to a report from Tawanda and his colleagues, “In one particular area, where the Rusitu and Nyahode rivers meet near Kopa Growth Point, an entire community was submerged on Friday night. Many have been left homeless and numerous others have either been confirmed dead or are still missing. Rusitu is well known for its juicy fruits but many of the crops, including vast fields of maize, have been destroyed, leaving many without food and the situation will only get worse with time.”

Anglican Aid is providing much-needed assistance to Zimbabwe through FOCUS Zimbabwe and Honeyworld and to affected parts of Mozambique through local bishops known to us through GAFCON.

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.

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