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Cyclone Idai: Malteser International sends team to Mozambique

Severe flooding in the region around the city of Beira in Mozambique. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Emergency relief teams from Malteser International will leave for Mozambique on Sunday and Monday following Cyclone Idai which has caused catastrophic flooding, killed hundreds of people, and affected hundreds of thousands of others in Mozambique and neighboring countries. There, the team will determine how we can best help meet the immediate needs of those affected.

"The situation is still confusing," said Oliver Hochedez, Malteser International's head of emergency relief. "Water levels keep rising due to the continuing rainfall, the country's infrastructure is severely damaged and we are in a race against time for urgently needed aid." Members of Malteser International's assessment team will meet with local and international partners to initiate rapid relief measures. "One of these measures could be to prevent water borne diseases that are likely to arise due to the break down in water supply," Hochedez said.

Last week, Cyclone Idai hit the city of Beira in Mozambique with winds of up to 195 kilometres per hour and heavy rainfall before moving inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of casualties has risen to over 600 and the first cases of cholera and malaria have already been reported in the crisis region.

Malteser International seeks to provide rapid and effective help in acute crises. With a team of highly experienced professionals coordinates, Malteser International’s aid in the wake of disasters by identifying the needs of the people in the affected area, managing responders on the ground and at regional centers, and taking care of logistics and the supply of essential aid material.

Urgent support is needed for families affected by Cyclone Idai.
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Katharina Kiecol
Email: katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

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