Cyclone IDAI: Aquassistance and the SUEZ Foundation mobilized to respond to the emergency in Mozambique
Cyclone IDAI hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in the night of 14th to 15th March 2019. Emergency financial support has been earmarked by the SUEZ Foundation for The Red Cross to set the first emergency measures.
Mozambique has been dramatically hit on its harbor coast. Beira, the second town of the country which counts 500 000 inhabitants, has been destroyed at nearly 80% according to local actors. More broadly, infrastructures (roads, port, homes, hospitals, schools, etc.) have been devastated, or severely flooded. Hundreds of people must be evacuated, and lost their houses.
The disaster, the worst scenario according to Météo France, was a storm surge: the cyclone reached the Mozambican coasts when the tide was high causing an elevation of the waters, and a devastating tide.
Set the first emergency measures to prevent epidemics
Immediately, Aquassistance has mobilized: two CDF 5000 emergency potabilization units and a few emergency volunteers will take the start on a cargo plane from the Crisis and Support Center of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs next Wednesday.
Emergency financial support has been earmarked by the SUEZ Foundation for The Red Cross to set the first emergency measures. The fastest intervention is crucial to prevent epidemics of waterborne diseases from adding to the disaster.
Since 2012, the SUEZ Foundation supports the NGO Amor, which has set up a waste collection and recovery service integrating vulnerable people. This project started in 2009, in Maputo the capital, and has extended to Beira.