Emergency appeal: Donate to Cyclone Idai

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Predicted to be worst weather-related disaster on record in the southern hemisphere

On March 14th Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, affecting 3 million people, killing at least 700 and destroying 400,000 homes.

The full scale of the crisis is still unfolding, with more heavy rains predicted to fall. Some areas are completely cut off due to flooding. And there are regions without power, food, clean water and communications.

ActionAid has been working in affected communities for over a decade and is working with existing local partners. We are on the ground distributing relief items such as food, blankets, hygiene kits, water sterilising tablets, water containers, clothes and tents.

Women and girls are usually the worst affected by disasters, with an increased risk of gender based violence. Our emergency response is focusing on protecting the rights of women and girls and meeting their urgent needs.

Donate today to urgently support those most affected by Cyclone Idai.

Update from the ground

  • Marcia Cossa, Head of Programmes at ActionAid Mozambique said:

“Today our country is reeling from the devastation inflicted by Cyclone Idai. In Beira, the situation is critical and a state of emergency has been declared. People have no food, water or medicine and the death toll is rising.

Desperate survivors are waiting to be rescued from the tops of buildings. Rescuers are working round the clock but fear they don’t have the resources to rescue everyone. The worst affected areas are cut off from the rest of the country, without communication or power.”

(Photo credit: ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Make an urgent donation today!

Note: In the event that funds raised exceed the amount required, to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people impacted by the Cyclone, ActionAid Australia will direct donations to our Arise Humanitarian Fund, which helps provide disaster preparedness response and recovery for future emergencies.
As per ActionAid Australia’s emergency fundraising standards, 90% of funds raised from this appeal will go to emergency response and 10% to fundraising and administration