TWR Africa and its partners are struggling to reach out to survivors of what officials have said may be one of the worst disasters to hit the Southern Hemisphere.
(Picture coutersy of Mission Network News(MNN)
Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique near the city of Beira on March 14, killing at least 750 people in four countries and producing what has been described as an 800-square-mile inland lake. Ninety percent of Beira was damaged or destroyed, according to news reports, and the city is an island amid the flooding with severely limited communications, clean water and power. Five cases of cholera were reported this week, and vaccination programs were gearing up to stave off an epidemic.
TWR Africa staff members say getting information from the affected areas is difficult. That’s also been the case for TWR national partner RTM Mozambique, located in the capital city of Maputo, roughly 750 miles south of Beira. (RTM is equivalent to TWR in Portuguese, Mozambique’s official language.)
RTM Mozambique’s FM station, Radio Capital, has been calling on churches to mobilize to help survivors of the storm with donations and humanitarian supplies, Station Manager Maria Taibo said. U.N. officials have said sustained aid will be needed, especially considering that nearly 1 million acres of crops were destroyed just before harvest time.
The massive loss of life and destruction of property are obviously the biggest tragedies in this disaster, but the breakdown in communications seriously complicates recovery efforts for people inside and outside the affected areas.