Cyclone Idai: S. Africa, UN call support for Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi

The call for assistance has started trickling in. South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, on Monday launched a request for help from local Non-Governmental Organizations and individuals.

The appeal was: to make donations towards humanitarian aid for the people of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai.

The appeal read in part: Tropical Cyclone Idai has battered Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, devastating already-vulnerable populations with severe damage and flooding. Please help now.

South Africa suffered an indirect impact of the cyclone after power supply from Mozambique was affected. The president, Cyril Ramaphosa, also deployed the army to help Mozambique manage the unfolding crisis.

Even though there are no official figures of cumulative deaths, figures show that the number could be reaching 200 plus. The Mozambican president told national radio the national death toll could exceed 1,000.

Source: Angola Press News Agency