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On Friday 15 March, Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, causing severe floods and sending the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi into chaos.
Plan International is coordinating closely with national governments, partners and other humanitarian organisations to ensure we identify and address the needs of the children and families affected by this tragedy.
To date, around 700 people have died. Thousands more are injured, displaced or missing. The disaster is thought to have affected nearly 3 million people across the 3 countries.
Children and families are still at risk
Landslides, rock falls, and flooding have swept away houses, schools, bridges and food supplies. Ongoing storms and flooding have caused mass destruction are placing communities at increased risk.
As a child rights organisation with a strong focus on gender equality, our primary concern is the safety, security and needs of children, especially girls and young women – including expectant and breastfeeding mothers – and our team will work to ensure that the distinct needs of these survivors are taken into account.
We are mobilising our child protection teams to help prevent gender-based violence by raising awareness among communities of the risks to girls and young women and delivering training to ensure that any incidents are quickly reported to the authorities.
As time progresses, we are also concerned about the potential for malaria and waterborne diseases to spread due to floods, putting many at risk, especially vulnerable young children.
They need your support, and they cannot wait. Please act now.