Press Release

Floods and Cyclone Ravage Southern Africa, Hitting 2.5 Million People

In early March, Malawi and Mozambique were both hit by flash floods that brought considerable damage. But soon after relief began, Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, bringing massive rain and floods, with Beira, the fourth largest city of Mozambique, experiencing the greatest impact. The disasters have already killed over 1,000 people, displacing hundreds of thousands. It is estimated that 2.5 million people have been directly affected by Idai. While the actual figures of casualties still need to be confirmed, they are expected to be much higher than the current ones.

Most of the areas affected by this double disaster have been experiencing crops failure in successive seasons. In the aftermath, many children are subsequently exposed to various threats, such as being separated from family members, disease, hunger and injury. Not only are they unable to return to school, but their lives have been turned upside down. World Vision is already responding on the ground by providing various emergency items, including food, daily necessities, hygiene kits, clean water and shelter, etc. to help meet the most urgent needs. We will provide assistance on food, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihood and child protection to the affected in order to help rebuild homes in local community.

World Vision staff Joseph Kamara reports from his current visit to Beira and describes the situation of the affected as “desperate”, “The situation in Beira is very, very bad. There is no single building that I have seen that is still intact. Trees are uprooted, the sand from the beaches have come into the cities.” He also points out that the massive flooding has halted public services and made communication very difficult, while aid can only be delivered by planes. And we call on the Hong Kong community to support Southern Africa during this difficult time.

Donation can be made via:

1. Online donation: www.worldvision.org.hk

2. Direct donation:

-     HSBC                  018-377077-003

-     Hang Seng Bank  286-364385-005

-     Bank of China      012-363-1-017494-9

3. Crossed cheque: Made payable to ”WORLD VISION HONG KONG”

Donors may send their cheques or bank-in slips, with personal details attached, to World Vision Hong Kong, Freepost No. 69. Please mark “Southern Africa Cyclone and Floods Relief” on the envelope. Donations are tax-deductible with official receipts.

For any enquiries, please contact our Donor Services Department on 2394 2394.

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