Since mid-March, cyclone Idai has caused massive flooding across three countries. The heavy rains had significant impact on infrastructure in the Sofala province of Mozambique, including damage to roads, schools and health facilities, destruction of houses and loss of non-food items, and damage to crops leading to widespread food insecurity.
Due to damage to sanitation facilities and prevalence of unsafe water, there is a heightened risk of water borne diseases. Displacement and the risk of gender-based violence leave thousands of people, especially women and girls, vulnerable.
Oxfam Canada, CARE Canada and Save the Children are working together to improve access to water and sanitation, life-saving non-food items and shelter for people affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Sofala province in Mozambique.
The agencies will truck water into communities and provide water purification tablets to households who may have contaminated storage containers. 300 latrines and bathing shelters will be constructed, especially for displaced populations. The consortium will provide hygiene and dignity kits, adapted with gender appropriate supplies, as well as non-food items, including blankets and cookware, and emergency baby kits. Other support will include emergency shelters and energy sources for cooking.