Idai still has a sting in its tail
This is the picture that did it. Dean Yeoman, one of our partners who was just recently home from serving as a helicopter pilot in Mozambique and southern Africa, saw it and says it ‘dragged him’ to go back and help.
SIM’s Disaster Relief Fund is being mobilised to help survivors of Cyclone Idai which has brought such devastation to parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
More than 700 people (figure rising daily) are confirmed dead in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but those totals are expected to rise as relief workers battle to reach the most hard-hit regions. The cyclone brought torrential rains and hit wind speeds of 194km/h; it has affected more than 2.6 million people. It made landfall at the port of Beira on March 14 and then ripped across the country and into neighbouring Zimbabwe.
The United Nations has described the cyclone as a ‘massive disaster’ and estimates 1.7 million people were in its path. A week later victims are reportedly still trapped on roofs and clinging to trees awaiting rescue; tens of thousands of people have lost their homes, while roads, bridges and crops have been washed away. Many are still waiting for help to arrive, as the floods have cut them off from any land-based aid. Helicopters are the only means of saving thousands.
Though the cyclone has gone, swollen brown rivers are still bringing water from inland areas to pour into what are already seas of floodwater.
While most of the international relief effort is being concentrated on the Beira area and the coastal region, SIM’s efforts in Mozambique will focus on the Dombe district, which lies further inland. All the rain which fell on Zimbabwe will make its way to this region of Mozambique on its way to the ocean. We are coordinating our efforts with other mission agencies and with local Christian business owners to send food and other essential supplies into this area. We supply aid to all people in need, no matter what their faith or background.
In Zimbabwe, the relief effort will be concentrated around the Chimanimani area, with plans in place to rebuild a bridge, provide food for 100 households and deliver other essential household and school materials.
SIM’s Disaster Relief Fund exists to provide help to SIM workers and their ministries in areas affected by such events.
To make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund Project, please click here and quote the project number, #88600.
* for relief aid to reach the injured and homeless as quickly as possible.
* that SIM workers like Dean will be able to show the love of Christ in all they do to help those affected and as they partner with others to deliver aid.
* for God’s mercy in a situation which has devastated so many lives.