21 March 2019

Australia for UNHCR has launched an emergency appeal to support families affected by Cyclone Idai.

Between 14 and 16 March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. With 1.7 million people estimated to have been in the direct path of the cyclone, it may prove to be 'one of the worst’ disasters in the Southern Hemisphere, according to UN officials.

Over one million people are estimated to have been affected throughout the three countries, and some 200,000 people to be displaced in the region and in urgent needs of shelter, food, clean water and core relief items.
The actual scale of the emergency is growing dramatically, as more areas become accessible for needs assessments.

UNHCR is already relocating and assisting refugees who have been affected in Zimbabwe, as well as mobilising aid for both the refugees and host communities affected across the region.

This emergency appeal will help UNHCR relocate the families to higher ground, and provide emergency shelter, clean water, sanitation and core relief items.

Beyond this, UNHCR stands ready to provide further assistance in support of the governments’ response, as part of the inter-agency efforts across all the affected countries.

“In Australia we know from experience the devastating impact of flooding, and we urge Australians to once again show their generosity,” said Australia for UNHCR National Director Naomi Steer.

“Your support will help save lives and give hope to refugee families who have just lost everything for the second time.”

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