Zambia has continued to mobilize support towards helping its neighbouring Countries affected by the Cyclone Idai and government has assured transparency and accountability in the administration of the relief assistance program.
Cyclone Idai killed more than 700 people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and hundreds of thousands have been left homeless – many of whom have been forced to use dirty water supplies. At least 518 of those deaths have occurred in Mozambique.
Disaster Manager Mitigation unit National Coordinator Chanda Kabwe is impressed that individual citizens and non-governmental Organizations and the Church have come onboard.
Speaking when he received a donation of assorted items from a Lusaka’s Munali constituency based businessman Chrispin Chiinda better known as Chris-mall, Kabwe urged citizens to play their part in extending help to the people in affected areas.
More than 146,000 people have been displaced from their homes by the cyclone and subsequent floods are sheltering in 155 sites across four provinces of Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Tete, according to the UN.
And the Munali constituency 2021 Parliamentary hopeful Chrispin Chiinda shared explained that he was compelled to extend his support upon noticing the hardships the people in the affected countries have been subjected to.
Cyclone Idai was one of the worst storms on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere as a whole. The cyclone caused catastrophic damage in Zimbabwe and Malawi, but Mozambique was the hardest-hit, with Beira, a coastal city of 500,000 residents, and surrounding areas bearing the brunt of the long-lived storm.