World Help facilitating aid to help Zimbabwe recover in aftermath of devastating Cyclone Idai | 3/23/2019 | Staff
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A Virginia-based Christian aid group is facilitating relief to Zimbabwe following a devastating cyclone earlier this week.

Cyclone Idai, which besieged southern Africa last Sunday, tore across Mozambique with over 100 miles per hour winds and struck Zimbabwe with brutal force, causing floods and landslides. The nation has declared a state of emergency.

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In an interview with Mark Hogsed, vice president of global programs for World Help, said their ministry partner on the ground has explained to them that the storm hit an area where people were already struggling, compounding the problem. The heavy rains and winds accompanied by floods carried many away in their sleep, while homes also collapsed. Hundreds have lost their lives and many more remain missing, he explained.

"Zimbabwe has constantly struggled with food insecurity even in some of their [better] times, so this is further complicating the food shortages" as the cyclone has wreaked havoc on their crops.

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"We're trying to meet their most urgent needs with food and personal care kits," he said.

Sources have informed World Help that the lack of clean water is a major issue as wells and water pipes have been damaged as have roads and sources of power.

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World Help's efforts are focused on assisting the Chipinge and Chimanimani in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe, largely rural communities.

Limited communication remains an issue and some areas are still inaccessible and have yet to be reached.

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"An estimated 1,000 homes were washed away and damaged. About 15,000 people were affected directly are now homeless," Hogsed said. In cooperation with their ministry partners World Help is aiming to reach 1,000 households, approximately 5,000 people, over the next few...
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