In early March, southeast Africa suffered severe rainfall from the Idai storm system, which killed more than 100 people and led to serious damage to infrastructure and crops — a devastating loss just before harvest season. Idai strengthened into a powerful Category 3 storm in the following days and made landfall on March 14 in Mozambique before striking both Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The death toll reached 354 by March 21. More than 2.6 million people are affected by the cyclone: large areas are flooded and increases the risk of water borne diseases, as wastewater is polluting the drinking water supplies.
The Poul Due Jensen Foundation reaches out to the disaster victims in collaboration with two partners:
- Water Mission has received 1 million DKK to help people living in the area of destruction after the Cyclone Idai in Malawi
- PlanBørnefonden (Plan International) has received 1 million DKK to help people living in the area of destruction after the Cyclone Idai in Mozambique
The partners have already mobilised their organisations in the disaster area, mapping and coordinating relief work in collaboration with other NGOs, public authorities and international organisations such as UN, IRC etc. in order to ensure the most efficient division of tasks.
— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) March 16, 2019