Children worst affected by deadly tropical storm

Floods wreak havoc in three sothern African countries: Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Floods wreak havoc in three sothern African countries: Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

from ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) CHILDREN are bearing the brunt of the severe flooding ravaging Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe following the Tropical Cyclone Idai.

The minors make up half of the 850 000 people affected, with the numbers set to rise as the cyclone, whose epiecentre is Mozambique, moves west and its impact becomes clearer.

“Hundreds of thousands of children have already seen their lives turned upside down by the devastating floods, and now Cyclone Idai has brought further suffering to families in its path,” said United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) regional director, Leila Pakkala.

She said many children would have lost their homes, schools, hospitals and even friends and loved ones.

UNICEF is on the ground working in close coordination with respective governments and humanitarian partners from three countries to scale up their response and counter to the immediate needs of affected children and their families.

Across Mozambique, initial government figures estimated 600 000 people are affected of which 260 000 are children.

In Malawi, more than 922 900 people have been impacted including an estimated 460 000 children.

There are unofficial reports of children affected by flooding, mudslides and rock-falls in Zimbabwe.

UNICEF is appealing for US$20,3 million to support the response in the three affected countries.

More than 200 lives have been lost in all three countries owing to the devastating Tropical Cyclone Idai.

– CAJ News

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