Responding to Cyclone Idai in Southeast Africa

Water Mission is providing emergency safe water solutions to communities in dire need following Cyclone Idai and the resulting disastrous floods in southeast Africa. To join our response efforts, please give today.

Tragically, at least 750 people have died and more than 2.6 million have been affected by the cyclone across Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. The United Nations has said Idai may be one of the most devastating natural disasters to strike the Southern Hemisphere and recently called for far greater international support to help survivors.

Clean, safe water remains one of the most important needs for those affected by the storm. Existing water sources have been destroyed or contaminated, and access to safe water is critical to help prevent outbreaks of cholera and other dangerous waterborne illnesses.

With more than 18 years of disaster response experience and 10 years of work in Malawi, Water Mission is already on the ground and well-situated to serve communities in need with emergency and long-term safe water solutions. Here are the latest updates on our response:

  • We expanded the capacity of two of our existing water systems near Nacheni displacement camp in Malawi, enabling them to serve more than 880 families.
  • We repaired 10 systems in southern Malawi that were damaged by the cyclone, restoring them to full capacity.
  • We constructed multiple water access points in Malawi’s Bangula and Chabuka displacement camps, and safe water is now flowing for more than 15,000 people.
  • We are working with several other communities and partners in Malawi and Mozambique to provide desperately needed safe water access.

The need is enormous and urgent. You can help us provide long-lasting safe water solutions that bring life and hope to Cyclone Idai survivors. To join our response efforts, please give today.

100% of your generous donation will provide safe water for survivors. Water Mission has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the past 12 years and is currently being featured by the New York Times, CNN, and several other major news outlets for its Cyclone Idai response (visit our media page to learn more).

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