The crushing Cyclone Idai that tore through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi last week has killed 300 people so far and left 15,000 in need of rescue from roofs and treetops. The flooding left “inland oceans” trapping survivors and washing away roads, and a dire shortage of food and clean water that will soon exacerbate threats of disease.
By the numbers:
- 3,000 people already rescued
- 1,864 square miles underwater
- 2-3 days’ supply of drinking water left
Although “unprecedented community aid” has poured in from Zimbabweans despite a shaky economy there, there remains critical need for food, medical supplies and other aid in Mozambique.