Mozambique has declared a state of emergency following the devastation wreaked by the strong Category 2 Cyclone Idai, which made landfall near Beira, its second largest port, on the 14th of March. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis evolved, as winds of up to 170 km per hour, heavy rains and floods consumed 3,000 square kilometres of densely populated landscape. The loss of life has been heavy, and it is estimated that more than half a million people have been affected. As flood waters have started to recede major international aid groups have stepped up efforts in areas with large concentrations of people and it is evident that humanitarian needs are likely to deepen over the weeks and months ahead.
In the wake of the catastrophic devastation inflicted by Cyclone Idai, African Parks deployed a team from Bazaruto Archipelago National Park to support relief efforts around the Buzi river, west of Beira. Under the guidance of Mozambique’s National Institute of Disaster Management, African Parks’ rescue operation is largely focused on reaching outlying villages, where thousands in settlements remain isolated by flood waters with no access to food, clean water or medical supplies.
Thanks to the overwhelming support we've received from our friends and partners, we were able to deploy a helicopter, two boats and a ground crew including Bazaruto's rangers to support relief efforts. Our joint efforts with other international aid groups have delivered tonnes of food, supplies, medical equipment and deployed doctors to numerous villages in urgent need of relief. The incredible commitments we have received have allowed us to keep our teams on the ground and operating for longer to help as many people as possible. But given the scale of this crisis, we anticipate needing to maintain our relief operations for a further few weeks until they can be handed over to other humanitarian organisations.
Cyclone Idai Relief Efforts
In the wake of the catastrophic devastation inflicted by Cyclone Idai, African Parks deployed a team from Bazaruto Archipelago National Park to support relief efforts around the Buzi river, west of Beira. Scroll through images taken over the last few days as our team has been deeply embedded in rescue operations.
For the latest updates about African Parks' role in the ongoing relief efforts along the Buzi river, west of Beira, please click
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