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Cyclone Idai made landfall on Mozambique twice: first as a tropical depression, dumping torrential rain over Malawi and Mozambique, and then 11 days later, as a strong Category two hurricane.
Heaviest damage occurred in Beira, Mozambique, where the port city was flattened. Weak structures lead to 90% of buildings being damaged or destroyed, and many were killed or injured by debris. The storm surge reached 6 meters (19.69 feet). Relief efforts were delayed, because the city was cut off from the rest of the country.
An estimated 260,000 children are affected and are in desperate conditions (UNICEF). The projected death toll is over 1,000.
According to the UN, this cyclone may be the worst ever disaster to hit southern Africa and the southern Hemisphere. An estimated 2.5 million people need immediate assistance in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
In 2017 alone, 35 natural disasters affected over 95.6 million people and killed an additional 9,697 people. With the increasing numbers of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts every year, disaster relief aid is needed around the world now more than ever before. Click here to learn more about how you can help.