Last year was a record-breaking year for destructive weather. More storms than ever formed during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to November. Typhoons and cyclones led to thousands of people losing their lives, and wiped out homes, schools, hospitals and crops around the world. Sadly, this is a trend that we are seeing year on year: more storms, more floods, more droughts. This is the reality of the climate crisis.
As hurricane season approaches again, we must be ready to intercede on behalf of those in need. It is people living in the poorest communities who are bearing the brunt of this crisis, and it is pushing them further into poverty.
Where the need is greatest
Tearfund works in more than 50 countries and we have built strong relationships with local churches and communities. This enables us to respond powerfully and quickly when disasters hit. We’re committed to not only helping people with their immediate needs like shelter and food, but to provide vital training that will help them stand firm if disaster strikes again.
In places like Nepal, Mozambique and Indonesia, our local partners have been teaching communities how to build stronger houses that can withstand storms. They have also trained local leaders in disaster response, which has led to lives being saved.
In January, when Mozambique was hit by cyclone Eloise, training by Tearfund meant that local leaders were prepared. And through the donations of wooden boats and hand-radios by Tearfund and our local partner, CEDES, 300 people were rescued and brought to higher ground via boat when the storm hit.