Chikwawa district in southern Malawi is one of the most prone districts to hazards such as floods and strong winds. Since the cyclone, close to 8,000 families have been forced from their homes, including McClean’s.
The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted. Tearfund and our church partners responded immediately and are continuing to help those whose lives were devastated.
Together with the Disasters Emergency Committee, we have launched an appeal. We’re delivering emergency shelter kits, food such as pulses and maize flour, water purification tablets and providing urgent health assistance. As the cyclone has destroyed many crops, we are distributing seeds to help with the expected food shortages.
The main focus of the relief effort is to save lives, but the effect of this disaster will be felt for a long time. With a lack of clean, accessible water there is now a high risk of cholera and malaria spreading.
We lift up to you the people of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi as they face up to the destruction left by Cyclone Idai. Please bring healing and comfort to those who’ve lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods. Help those involved in the relief efforts to be able to bring provisions and support where it is needed most. And please help these nations in the long-term to restore what was lost and to flourish once again.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
If you feel led, please give to our Cyclone Idai Appeal, and please continue to join us in prayer for the people of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.
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