John Hickey, Baptist World Aid Australia CEO, requests help to send love to survivors of Cyclone Idai – and provide urgently needed food and clean water.
The death toll has risen to over 700 people. And around 1.5 million people have been affected. The need is great.
Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique,before cutting its destructive path through Malawi and Zimbabwe…and leaving widespread disaster in its wake. Imagine sheltering in your home from the worst storm you’ve ever seen. The rain is torrential. The wind is loud and violent. Andwith every moment that passes… the floodwaters are rising. Do you stay put and wait it out? Or do you risk fighting through this powerful storm in hopes of finding higher ground?
Hundreds of people are still missing, thousands area waiting rescue – it’s now a race against time to stop the rising death toll. With floodwaters only now beginning to recede, rescuers have been cut off and unable to reach survivors. But in the weeks ahead, thousands will return to their homes to find there is nothing left.
One of the biggest threats to families in the months ahead will be water contamination and the spread of waterborne disease. Emergency food and safe-drinking water are urgently needed because the risk of disease outbreak is high. Please give generously to save the lives of men, women, and children in the wake of what has been called one of the worst weather-related disasters to have struck the southern hemisphere.
You can give online by going to www.baptistworldaid.org.au/cyclone-idai Or call 1300 789 991 Monday – Friday during business hours.