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Providing a safe refuge after Storm Ana batters Mozambique

Tropical Storm Ana has led to flooding and widespread damage across parts of Southern Africa.

Written by Rachael Adams | 03 Feb 2022

A home in Mozambique destroyed by Tropical Storm Ana. Tearfund is responding in Mozambique to help those affected by the storms. Image credit: Tearfund

Last week, Tropical Storm Ana caused a wave of destruction across Mozambique. More than 126,000 people have been affected as health centres, schools, power masts and water supply systems were destroyed. And now, another storm is on the way.

‘Our immediate priority, alongside providing food, safe drinking water and shelter, is to ensure that unaccompanied children in particular are able to access safe spaces where they are cared for,’ shares Edgar Jone, who leads Tearfund’s work in Mozambique.

‘The sad reality is that people who were struggling before a storm like this will often become even more vulnerable – especially where they have been forced to flee their homes.’

Tearfund is working with local churches to ensure that children, as well as women and people with disabilities, are able to make it safely to nearby shelters, and that these spaces remain a place of refuge for them.

This includes training 30 gender-champions – local advocates who can help signpost towards care and raise awareness of issues, such as sexual and gender-based violence within the shelters.

No respite

‘With the climate crisis, we know that tropical cyclones will only increase in their frequency and ferocity and this gives rise to so much anxiety,’ continues Edgar.

Another storm – Tropical Storm Batsirai – is set to hit Mozambique this week. At the moment, it is unclear what it’s impact will be. But for the thousands of people who are now homeless, it will bring further hardship.

For many, these storms bring back painful memories and trauma from when Cyclones Idai and Eloise hit the country in 2019 and 2021.

‘Please be praying for the people of Mozambique in this time of great uncertainty,’ concludes Edgar.

Pray with us

    • Pray for people – especially those who are vulnerable or who have lost their homes – to be able to access safe shelter for as long as they need. Pray that God will meet all their needs in these spaces. Ask God to bring comfort and hope to those who are suffering and anxious.
    • Pray that this new storm will weaken and not cause further damage and harm.
    • Lift up the people responding to the storms – Tearfund staff and partners, local churches and local authorities – and pray for resilience, strength and wisdom for them as they coordinate their responses. Pray that resources and support will reach all those in need.

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