Photos: Aerial view of Mozambique cyclone damage; Crop damage from Cyclone Idai. Photograph-Guardian; Floods following Cyclone Kenneth, Mozambique, 29 April 2019
The strongest cyclone ever to hit Mozambique (Cyclone Kenneth) struck landfall on April 25th flattening villages and either destroying or severely damaging over 35,000 houses. It’s come just one month after Cyclone Idai led to over 900 fatalities across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The category 4 cyclone brought winds of 220kmh, has caused over 38 deaths and has led to extreme rainfall and flooding. More rain is expected which is hindering relief efforts. Cyclones of this magnitude are rare in the region, and two within just over a month was unknown until now. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said yesterday (29 April) that humanitarian needs “have sky-rocketed” and the “humanitarian response will need to rapidly scale up”. Bishop Vincente of the Diocese of Niassa in Mozambique contacted Anglican Missions yesterday sending a number of recent photos; thanking us for the donations that have already been sent through and asking for ongoing prayer.
Anglican Missions has sent NZ$5,000 already to the Diocese of Niassa to help purchase seeds (see photo below) to ensure a decent harvest later this year. Cyclone Kenneth has brought further misery to a country already struggling.
Please continue to pray for the people affected and if able, to support our emergency appeal for Mozambique.
We plan to send further funds in the next two weeks.