On April 29th, Cyclone Kenneth touched down just six weeks after Cyclone Idai. Cyclone Idai displaced thousands and claimed the lives of almost 500 people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Tropical Cyclone Kenneth has caused death and destruction in the Comoro Islands, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Tanzania. An estimated 38 people on Africa’s southeastern coast have died due to Cyclone Kenneth.
The United Church of Christ in Mozambique (UCCM), a Global Ministries partner, has shared that the situation in the northern part of the country is getting dire where more than 20,000 families are homeless as a result of Cyclone Kenneth washing away their homes in mudslides.
Reverend Lucas Amosse, president of the UCCM, wrote, “Cyclone Kenneth destroyed everything that was left after Cyclone Idai. We do not know how we shall survive. Only God knows. We ask your prayers for the many broken hearts. There are people who do not know where to go or how to start rebuilding their lives. We are in a real crisis.”
Update: June 2019
The United Church of Christ in Mozambique (UCCM) has been providing food items and clothes for families displaced by the cyclones. In coordination with the government providing food for families affected by the cyclones through local centers, the UCCM has been able to distribute meals to those who have not been receiving meals from the government or other relief organizations.
In addition to providing food for displaced families, the UCCM has begun reconstruction on the school, church, offices, community areas being used for their relief programs , a nursery, and several homes owned by the church in Beira on their main campus. The UCCM will continue to reconstruct and rebuild churches and homes damaged by the cyclones throughout the country. Additionally, they are making plans to include disaster response and emergency preparedness topics in the next trainings of pastors and church leadership. Below are photos from the UCCM’s food distribution and the reconstruction projects they have started.