Cyclone Idai Devastation Continues To Impact Food Security, Access To Education In Southeastern African Nations

The Guardian: ‘I don’t know how my children will survive’: Zimbabwe in crisis
“…Before Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc on eastern Zimbabwe last month, the country was already in the grip of a food crisis. El Niño had left 70% of the country’s population in desperate need of aid after the rains failed. … The crops that hadn’t already died from the drought were washed away by torrential rains brought by Idai…” (Chingono, 4/19).

The Lancet: Cyclone Idai: 1 month later, devastation persists
“…The cyclone, described by the U.N. as one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere, caused a total death toll of more than 1,000, including 602 people in Mozambique, 344 people in Zimbabwe, and 59 people in Malawi. … The international response has been massive but resources are running out, said the U.N. Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a situation report dated April 12…” (Devi, 4/20).

Xinhua News: Cyclone Idai leaves education at risk for over 305,000 children in Mozambique: UNICEF
“More than 305,000 children in Mozambique have had their education interrupted because of damage caused by Cyclone Idai, UNICEF said Thursday. Over 3,400 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in cyclone-affected regions. In some cases, schools require extensive rehabilitation after being used as emergency shelters, said UNICEF in a press release…” (4/19).

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