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