On March 15th, Tropical Cyclone Idai made its way across the coast of southern Africa making landfall in the Sofala region of Mozambique, close to the city of Beira, causing severe damage with its strong winds and severe flooding. Throughout the following days, Idai moved inward impacting Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The storm and flooding caused by the tropical depression that moved into the area has impacted an estimated 850,000 people in Mozambique and Malawi, around half of them children.
In the days since the storm hit Mozambique, it's feared that at least 1,000 people have lost their live there alone. It is estimated that nearly 1.7 million residents of Mozambique live in the path of the cyclone.
In Malawi, nearly 923,000 people, including 460,000 children, in 14 districts have been impacted by the heavy rains and flooding. At least 56 people have died and 577 more injured. It’s estimated that over 15,000 families have been displaced.
As the cyclone has moved westward, into Zimbabwe, the number of dead and missing continues to mount. The hardest-hit district of Chimanimani, where at least 82 are dead and 200 injured, remains inaccessible as heavy rains have damaged roads and washed away main access bridge.
With your investment, UNICEF can save lives and rebuild children’s futures. UNICEF and partners are working to respond to the immediate needs of children and ensure they have the infrastructure and tools needed to thrive afterwards. Please consider contributing to UNICEF USA today to support the critical needs of children and families impacted in these areas.
Donations are eligible for a 50% matching donation from the World Bank Group if at least 100 staff give a total of $10,000.
The drive runs for two weeks from March 26 - April 9, 2019. Make a donation today and help support the children and families of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe who need it now.
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This drive is sponsored by the World Bank Group Executive Directors’ office responsible for southern Africa (EDS14), and coordinated by the Community Connections program, funds will go to UNICEF to support their relief efforts.