"World Vision is currently coordinating with Government and other development partners on how best to respond to the devastating impact of cyclone Idai. The coming hours will be crucial. Our thoughts and prayers for people who lost their loved ones and people still missing," said Emmanuel Isch, World Vision Zimbabwe, National Director.
The President has declared the impact of Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe a state of disaster. So far World Vision Zimbabwe has mobilized non-food items and hygiene kits from the prepositioned items in Harare. Among others these include twenty-litre buckets, water purifiers, plates and pots, cups, blankets, camping sleeping beds, tents, fleece linen for children and a 10,000 litre tank for water storage. The organization is also distributing diapers, sanitary ware, bars of green soap, tonnes of of mealie meal, more than a thousand litres cooking oil among other items. These are being distributed in areas that are covered by the Area Programs. Other items will be distributed to affected communities through the Civil Protection Unit. Based on the assessments that are currently underway World Vision Zimbabwe requires US$1.5 million to adequately respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable.
The Cyclone Idai weather system hit eastern Zimbabwe on 15 and 16 March, with Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Manicaland Province hardest-hit. It is estimated that 250,000 people have been affected and 16,000 households displaced.
Nine districts were districts directly impacted. Damaged infrastructure includes houses, schools, clinics, roads, bridges, water sources and supply. Crops and livestock have been destroyed in all affected areas. The United Nations in Zimbabwe will update its drought flash appeal to include the cyclone.
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