On March 4, 2019 Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai hit the coast of Mozambique. With it came strong winds and severe flooding in Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Approximately 1.7 million people have been affected by this disaster. According to the World Food Program, their are still people stranded on roof-tops. WFP
"United Nations officials say Cyclone Idai may be the worst weather-related disaster ever to strike the Southern Hemisphere. More than 400 people have died and hundreds more are missing." Samaritan's Purse.
The worst of the flooding is likely in Mozambique itself.
“Roads are washed out, communication is cut off, and hundreds of thousands of people are suffering,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Please pray for Mozambique as we bring critical relief supplies and the hope of the Gospel to this hurting nation.”
“This is a devastating event that will take years for the people in this region to recover from,” added Ian Stokes, international disaster response manager for Samaritan’s Purse Canada. “We will determine the best way we can meet urgent needs for individuals and communities who have suffered tremendous loss. People are traumatized and feeling overwhelmed. We will be helping in highly practical ways.”
Samaritan's Purse is responding to this crisis by sending a plane "with shelter materials, tarps, and 15 disaster relief specialists—including two Canadians—to provide physical and spiritual aid for survivors of Cyclone Idai." Samaritan's Purse.