Cyclone Idai is claimed to be the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere in modern history. This natural disaster is estimated by the UN to have affected over 2.5 million people and left hundreds of thousands displaced across Mozambique, Malawi and neighbouring Zimbabwe.
It ran from 3:00 PM, 21 March 2019 to 4:00 PM, 17 April 2019
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Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people. Houses, roads and bridges have been ripped apart and agricultural land is completely submerged. More than 480 people are confirmed dead and 400,000 have lost their homes. The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted.
DEC members are working closely with national partners to support the relief effort, delivering emergency shelter kits, food such as pulses and maize flour, water purification tablets and urgent health assistance.
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