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On Friday 15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, causing severe floods and sending the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi into chaos.
One year on, more than 2 million people remain affected. Tropical storms caused widespread flooding and landslides that destroyed households, roads, farmlands and crops. More than 100,000 people are still living in temporary shelters.
Communities are now faced with the additional challenge of coping with the food crisis. Over 15 million people across 11 nations in the Southern Africa region are currently impacted by food insecurity.
What is Plan International doing to help?
Since tragedy struck the region, Plan International has been on the ground working to ensure children are protected, have access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and are quickly able to continue their education.
As well as rebuilding schools, we have established 16 child-friendly spaces, where children are able to play, access support and learn.
Children and families still need your support
The tropical storms and floods caused massive damage to agriculture, which has led to extreme food shortages. Recovery efforts have now shifted to the food insecurity gripping the region.
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.
We’ll continue to put them first and make sure they’re safe and protected, but children and families in Southern Africa still need your support.
Please act now.