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The Impact of Cyclone Idai, 6 Months Later

In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Idai in March 2019, the generous support of CARE donors provided life-saving assistance to families in need including tents, food supplies, clean water and hygiene kits.

As you may remember, in early March severe weather caused flooding in parts of Malawi and Mozambique. This system escalated into tropical cyclone Idai, which hit close to the city of Beira, Mozambique as a Category 3 cyclone on March 14th. The storm continued over central Mozambique and into Zimbabwe. Torrential rains, damaging winds and flooding have affected nearly 3 million people across all three countries. Homes, schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure were damaged or destroyed.

In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Idai, the generous support of CARE donors provided life-saving assistance to families in need including tents, food supplies, clean water and hygiene kits. September 14th marked 6 months since the cyclone hit and as we reflect on the last few months, donor support continues to make a difference in the lives of families recovering from this devastating cyclone.

In Zimbabwe, many families are living in camps established for survivors. Having lost their homes, many of their possessions, and members of their families, these camps provide a safe place for them to recover and rebuild their lives.

A new lighting system was installed in two camps this past August, thanks to CARE’s amazing donors. A total of 13 outside tower lights were installed, and households were fitted with indoor solar powered lights, a socket for phone charging and small radios. As Zimbabwe is currently experiencing power cuts for up to 18 hours a day, this initiative makes a world of difference for people living in the camps.

Gogo Litty Munyaradzi, aged 60, shared that the lights made it easier for residents to access the washrooms at night. “It had been a bit risky to walk to the toilets when there was not enough lighting.”

Children are also benefiting from the new lighting system as they can now study in the evening. Kelly Charamba a Grade 7 student shared “The lighting has come at the right moment as we are preparing for our Grade 7 exams. We also have more time to complete our homework”.

Six months on and families in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe still have a long road ahead to recover from the devastation of the cyclone. Donor support has made an incredible difference so far, and we hope you will consider a life-saving gift​ today to support the ongoing recovery efforts.

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