2019 Disaster Relief - Cyclone Idai Fund
Cyclone Kenneth, packing winds of 140 miles per hour, made landfall in northern Mozambique on Thursday evening in a region of southern Africa unaccustomed to such storms. It has has killed at least five people so far in Mozambique; many roads have been washed out, and aid officials said they had been able to reach some badly affected areas only by helicopter.
Just last month, Cyclone Idai struck Southern Africa, causing massive devastation and displacement across Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. The storm made landfall as the equivalent of a Category 3 storm near Mozambique's fourth-largest city of Beira (population: 530,000) on Thursday. At least 1,000 people are believed to have died in Mozambique, and thousands more injured.
With communication lines down, massive flooding and roads destroyed, it has been difficult to fully assess the damage and number of casualties. However, reports are stating that 90% of Beira has been destroyed, and more than 100,000 people in that area need to be urgently rescued. Officials estimate that as many as 1.5 million people are at risk of water-borne diseases, starvation or other impacts from the inland flooding due to the storm.
The Cisco Foundation has launched a $250,000 disaster response campaign to benefit Americares, CARE USA, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Hong Kong, and Save the Children (US). The Foundation will match eligible donations up to $10,000 per employee. Donations will not be counted toward employees' annual $10,000 match limit.
Should you wish your donation to go directly to just one of the participating agencies, please click the organization's name below to make your donation - be sure to choose 2019 Disaster Relief - Southern Africa Cyclones special matching campaign.
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