Cyclones in Africa Illustrate Devastating Impact of Climate Change
With 1.5 million people in southern Africa affected by Cyclone Idai, and Australians bracing for Cyclones Trevor and Veronica, CARE says people the world over are suffering because of increasingly severe weather events.
Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi a week ago and CARE is providing aid to people who have lost everything and are still at risk due to severe flooding.
“What CARE is seeing on the ground in southern Africa, and what Australians in the Top End are currently experiencing, is the devastating impact of tropical storms that are predicted to get worse with climate change. Officials in Mozambique estimate more than 1,000 people may have died in that country alone, and many more are injured and homeless. Around the world, it is the poorest communities that are the most vulnerable to climate change, as they have fewer resources to prepare for and bounce back after a disaster.”Stefan Knollmayer, CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager
“We have heard accounts of people loosing family members in front of their eyes as the flood waters were approaching. The power of the cyclone is visible everywhere, with shipping containers moved like little Lego blocks.”Marc Nosbach, CARE’s Country Director in Mozambique
Images, video and quotes from survivors are available here (credit: CARE / Josh Estey)
About CARE in Southern Africa
CARE has been working in Mozambique since the 1980s and in Zimbabwe and Malawi since the 1990s. CARE has played a vital role in emergency responses in the region, including after Cyclone Dineo which hit Mozambique in February 2017. CARE places a special emphasis on women and girls, who are normally the worst affected by disasters and who often prioritise their families’ needs ahead of their own.
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