Chimanimani and Chipinge, in the east of the country, were the hardest-hit districts. An estimated 270,000 people have been affected and many of the roads have been damaged or destroyed.
Staff from Tearfund’s partner, Zimbabwe Orphans Through Extended Hands (ZOE), visited communities in Chimanimani. Boulders, trees and rocks made it impassable by car, so they walked 12km to reach the community.
They found several houses had been completely destroyed, leaving people homeless. There is also concern at the likelihood of diseases such as cholera and malaria spreading as sanitation facilities have been washed away.
We are working with our local church partner, the Evangelical Fellowship Zimbabwe (EFZ), to provide emergency relief to those affected by the flooding.
The official death toll in Mozambique has risen to 518 people, according to its government. Meanwhile, 247 cases of cholera have been reported in the city of Beira.
Tearfund’s partners have been part of search and rescue operations across Buzi, Nhamamtanda, Dondo and Beira – the most affected regions.
They have also been mobilising local churches to raise awareness and educate people in how safe hygiene practices can help prevent disease.
They are distributing chlorine tablets and clean drinking water to prevent waterborne diseases from spreading, as well as tents and food.
Tearfund’s Jennipher Sakala, who leads Tearfund’s work in Southern and East Africa, says: ‘The current need is great and we are working tirelessly around the clock with our partners to ensure that we offer vital assistance to our affected brothers and sisters.’
• Continue to pray for all those people who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods following Cyclone Idai.
• Ask God to protect and strengthen all those bringing relief to people in huge need.
• Thank God for the generous outpouring of support from the public. So far, £25 million has been raised through the Disasters Emergency Committee, of which Tearfund is a member. Pray for this to continue.