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A Sustainable Future: Responding to Extreme Weather Events
One of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa, Cyclone Idai, hit Beira, Mozambique in March 2019.
It wreaked havoc in the communities where Tearfund’s partner Oasis had been working for several years, with cyclonic winds ripping roofs from houses and widespread flooding leaving more damage and contaminated water threatening the health of survivors.
Changes in our global climate has led to more severe impacts from disasters like Cyclone Idai, compounded by the number of climate-related disasters tripling in the last 30 years.
The value of the development work being done prior to the cyclone quickly came to light. Oasis established care groups and leaders from these groups soon began to share disease prevention information with their communities; the project’s youth program members mobilised to help clear up and build basic shelters for very vulnerable families; all Oasis-facilitated groups became safe spaces for community members recovering emotionally from the cyclone.
Ines and Marian
Pictured here are Ines and Marian, treasurers of their savings group showing their week’s savings. Since the cyclone, many group members are using the savings to help them recover. Marian had neighbours whose homes were destroyed, and she had the tin roof of her house completely blown away during the cyclone. Her family collected the damaged tin to make temporary repairs, but access to savings through the group will allow her to make proper repairs.
With climate change set to exacerbate the intensity of cyclones, the development work carried out by Oasis is more important than ever in ensuring communities can respond and recover.
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Related projects have received funding by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).