Mozambique still struggling a year after Cyclone Idai

Concern is growing that in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic programmes aimed at rehabilitation will be overlooked

LOOMING CRISIS: Many Mozambicans are experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity says the WFP

A YEAR after Cyclone Idai devastated much of central Mozambique, limited funding for essential reconstruction is preventing many of the hardest-hit people from getting back on their feet, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

In the weeks after the strongest storm to ever hit the country, WFP’s emergency assistance kick-started the recovery of the 1.8 million people. 

But the organisation says many others are still struggling today, facing a bleak and uncertain future.

Funding shortfalls

Last month, funding shortfalls forced WFP to halve food rations for 525,000 people working on post-Idai recovery projects in the province of Sofala, the most damaged by the cyclone. 

WFP said that this vital support is in danger of being halted completely unless WFP receives funds soon.

And there is concern that with much of the world media attention focused on the Covid-19 pandemic the needs of victims of Cyclone Idai will be ignored. 

WFP said that US$91 million is needed to be able to fully implement rehabilitation projects for Idai victims this year.

‘Lives turned upside down’

Lola Castro, WFP’s Regional Director for Southern Africa said: “For people who had their lives turned upside down, our projects – community farms, road and bridge repair, the rebuilding of schools – are a source of hope. This essential work must continue if we want to see real and lasting recovery.”

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