Monday, 25 March 2019

Cyclone Idai

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Dear Friend, 

Just over a week ago, Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa including Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe and the effects of the storm have been devastating. Everyone here at CTI are mourning those who lost lives and we extend our deepest condolences for all of the families and communities who are suffering. 

Though news has been slow to reach outside of the affected areas, it is catastrophic for the region. As of today, hundreds of people are confirmed to have died and the death toll is expected to rise.  

Millions have been displaced.  

Cyclone Idai had the biggest impact on Mozambique’s second-largest city, Beira, which has effectively been wiped out.  Beira has been an important city as an entry point into landlocked Malawi and Zimbabwe, both of which have also been severely affected and relief will also be slow to reach these more inland areas. 

Entire harvests have been lost. The short-term impact is horrific. The longer-term impact is heart-breaking.  

Right now, families have no idea where their next meal is coming from.  They need our global attention and solidarity.  

At CTI, our focus is on building the capacity and resiliency of local communities to provide nutritious food and we will continue in this work in the coming months and years of recovery. Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this devastating storm. 


Alexandra Spieldoch
Compatible Technology International
Executive Director