13th September 2019

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Cyclone Idai: six months on

 

 

By Andrew Horton

 

As the flood waters rose, Paulo was trapped in his home. Cyclone Idai was tearing through his village in Mozambique.

 

The 35-year-old lost a leg when he was a soldier and uses a crutch to help him walk. He survived the cyclone after some friends carried him to a neighbour’s home. His house later collapsed and he lost his crops: millet, maize, and wheat.

 

It’s six months since Cyclone Idai brought strong winds and widespread flooding to Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

 

It ripped apart roads, bridges, houses, schools and health facilities and submerged vast areas of farming land.

 

It’s estimated three million people were affected. Close to 1,000 deaths were recorded and many more were injured. People lost homes, possessions, livelihoods and hope.

 

Tearfund staff and partners responded immediately.

 

As of today, 68,871 people have received much-needed food supplies and a further 50,000 have received essential items such as chlorine tablets, soap, jerry cans and buckets.

 

Paulo was helped by partner CEDES who organised a distribution of food and other essentials. He said, ‘I’m going to have food now, good food, to eat well. Before [the distribution] I was not eating good food.’

 

 

 

PLEASE PRAY

 

 

Gracious Father,

Thank you for the work of all those who are providing essential supplies and support after Cyclone Idai. Please continue to heal the sick, comfort the broken-hearted, and provide for those who are still in desperate need. We lift up the people of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and ask that you will give them your hope a strong and lasting hope.

In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

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A note from...

 

 

‘We still have a lot more to do, and together with your help and our partners we shall be able to help communities rebuild what was destroyed. Thank you for the continued support, both financially and through prayer.’

 

Jennipher Sakala

Southern and East Africa Team

 

 

PRAYER POINTS FROM

AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

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Prayer Item #1

 

Praise God that levels of militia violence in the area of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have been decreasing. This is a real answer to prayer. Please continue to pray for peace in the country, where our staff work in incredibly challenging conditions. Please continue to pray for an end to the Ebola outbreak there.

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Prayer Item #2

 

Please pray for the people of Zimbabwe, who have been deeply wounded by decades of economic and political turmoil. Pray that they will know God's peace, healing and forgiveness as they process the news of Robert Mugabe's death. Pray for the leaders of the country, that they may govern in peace and find long-term solutions to the economic crisis.

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Prayer Item #3

 

We join people around the world in mourning the terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. More than 2,500 people are missing, and thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed. Please pray for God's comfort, provision and protection over the Bahamas.

 

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WHAT WE'RE DOING AT THE PARTY CONFERENCES

 

Over the next month, members of Tearfund’s Government Relations team will be attending the Liberal Democrat, Labour, Conservative and Scottish National Party (SNP) party conferences...

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