In March this year, Cyclone Idai caused the tragic death of approximately 750 people in Mozambique. Four months later, with the destruction of buildings (including 111,000 houses), infrastructure and crops, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced - directly affecting 239,000 households, including the complete destruction of over 111,000 houses. As of 15 July, 63 resettlement sites have been hosting over 66,000 people across the central part of the country.
Sadly, significant global underfunding is severely constraining the rebuilding efforts, especially in more isolated rural areas. Tens of thousands are still living in dire conditions that jeopardise their health, safety and dignity. This year’s harvests have not been as abundant as expected, and the United Nations estimated in mid-July that 1.65 million people in Mozambique will face food insecurity over the next few months and that this is likely to rise to almost 2 million by October (see source). UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the country last week, and stated that funds pledged to help Mozambique recover "far below what is needed". While the UN estimates US$3.2bn is needed to recover, only US$273m has so far been raised.
Mozambique has faced multiple shocks this year, including a drought (Jan to March) that was already leading to substantial crop production losses when Cyclones Idai struck. Two weeks later Cyclone Kenneth caused catastrophic floods that further punished crop growth.
Anglican Missions will continue to raise funds to support the victims in Mozambique. With your generosity, almost $10,000 has already been sent to the Diocese of Niassa to help poor rural farming families get back on their feet. To donate, please click here.
Photo: Bishop Vicente wades across the river to Banki village for a church service
Read a short report of ongoing events relating to the floods – March 2019 newsletter from the Diocese of Niassa
With grateful thanks for the support of all donors, seeds are now being distributed to reestablish crops and aid recovery following the recent cyclones. See below some photos received on 10 May 2019 from Bishop Vincente in Mozambique.
In the Diocese of Niassa, local resources have been mobilised and sent to affected communities. Across the region, over 715,000 hectares of crop fields have been flooded. April and May provides a short growing season, and getting crops into the ground now is critical if there is to be a harvest later this year. While the diocese (and others in the region) recognise the need for immediate relief (and they have been first-line responders), they also appreciate that a unique role for the Church lies in longer-term recovery and in building disaster resilience. Anglican Missions continues to keep in close contact with Bishop Vicente and with the Anglican Alliance to ensure a joined-up collaborative Anglican response.
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