PRESS RELEASE: 27 March 2019
Support Red Cross Cyclone Relief Efforts in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe
Cyclone Idai made landfall on the evening of 15 March 2019 in the port city of Beira located in Sofala Province of Central Mozambique. The cyclone wreaked havoc on Beira and surrounding areas resulting in loss of communication, damage and destruction to shelter and settlements, health and water/sanitation (WASH) facilities and thousands of hectares of standing crops, communication infrastructures and as well as loss of life and injury.
The South African Red Cross is appealing for urgent aid including Non-perishable Foods, Water, Blankets, Tents, Clothing, Cash/EFT
donations, Transportation and Volunteers to assist the affected persons.
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* To provide immediate life-saving and longer-term support to 200,000 people affected by Cyclone Idai in Beira and Dondo areas focusing on Shelter (including household items); Health; WASH; Livelihood and basic needs; PGI, DRR and National Society Capacity Strengthening.
* To enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Mozambique Red Cross (CVM) to deliver assistance to 200,000 people with a focus on the following areas: Shelter, including Household Items (HHI); Health; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH); Livelihood and basic needs;
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) and National Society Capacity Strengthening for 24 months.
* Shelter and Household items: Thousands of families have been displaced and most homes have experienced significant damage. The Red Cross will focus on providing immediate shelter support to 15,000 families.
There is a need for the provision of temporary shelters, especially for families whose houses have been completely destroyed.
* WASH and related NFIs: The cyclone has damaged most water points, sanitation and hygiene facilities in affected areas. People have lost their access to WASH services and facilities, families are displaced
and need to be supported to prevent water-borne disease outbreaks.
* Health: Floods and cyclonic events often lead to death and injuries as well as increased health needs in affected communities. Infectious diseases are likely to increase in the aftermath of the disaster.
* Livelihoods and basic needs: Due to the destruction, flooding and displacement of population, food availability is very limited.
Although not known precisely, initial reports indicate that at least 500,000 hectares of crops have been damaged or destroyed and this will continue to impact food security and nutrition in the months ahead.
* Disaster Risk Reduction: The coast of Mozambique is regularly affected by strong cyclones and flooding and, due to climate change, these hazards may become more frequent and intense. IFRC will leverage
the response and recovery phase as an opportunity to reduce future risks.
RED CROSS BANKING DETAILS
Account Name: South African Red Cross Society
Bank name: Standard Bank
Account Number: 001355929
Universal Branch Code: 051001
Reference: Cyclone + Tel No
Registration No: 000-852 NPO
PBO No: 930 040 174
S18A Tax Certificates can be issued for donations
MEDIA INTERVIEW CONTACTS
South African Red Cross Society:
* Adv Mothibedi Panyane, Board Chairperson, Phone: +2783 371 9841
* Ms Lindel Papiah, Acting CEO, Phone: 083 395 9894, Email:
* Mr Lwando Zandile, National Disaster Manager, Phone: +2781 017 6575,
IFRC Southern Africa Office, Pretoria:
Michael Charles, Head of Cluster, Phone: +27113039715; Email:
IFRC RESPONSES (Red Cross and Red Crescent)
* 9 March 2019: CVM preparedness and early warning actions underway.
* 13 March 2019: IFRC Surge Capacity is deployed to Maputo.
* 14 March 2019: 342,562 Swiss francs allocated from IFRC’s Disaster
Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) for immediate shelter, WASH and health
needs of 1,500 households
* 17 March 2019: IFRC Surge Capacity arrival in Beira with CVM to
conduct preliminary assessments.
* 19 March 2019: IFRC issues an Emergency Appeal for 10 million Swiss
francs for 75,000 people for 12 months.
* 24 March 2019: IFRC issues a Revised Emergency Appeal for 31 million
Swiss francs for 200,000 people for 24 months.
RED CROSS BRANCHES (Collection Points)
GAUTENG: 247 JAN SMUTS AVENUE, Parktown (Head Office)
FLORIDA: 42 – 7th Ave, Florida, Gauteng
BENONI: 7 Oreilly Merry Street, Rynfield,1501
BRAKPAN: 7 Derby Avenue, Brakpan, 1541
DAVEYTON: 1352 Nawa Street, Etwatwa West, 1520
GERMISTON: 27 Driehoek Road, Germiston, 1400
SOWETO: 3191 Malachi Street, Rockville, Soweto, 1818
PRETORIA: 437 Edmond Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083
VAAL: 1768 Togo Road, Evaton, 1984
VANDERBIJL: 3 Jean Street, Vanderbijlpark, 1911
VEREENIGING: 32 De Villiers Avenue, Vereeniging, 1931
FREE STATE: Psychiatric Complex, Nico Van der Merve Ave,
MAFIKENG: 23 Cnr Carney Str and Nelson Mandela Dr, Mahikeng, 2745
MOKOPANE: 56 De Klerk Street, Mokopane, 0600
MUSINA: 14 Harper Road, Musina, 0900
CAPE TOWN: 21 Broad Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, 7824
GREYTON: 11 Pointer Street, Heuwelkroon, Greyton,7233
HERMANUS: 17 Royal Sreet, Hermanus, 7200
KNYSNA: Waterfront Drive, Childwelfare Building, Knysna 6570
PORT ELIZABETH: 18 Bain Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, 6000
EAST LONDON: 16 St Marks Sreet, Southernwood, East London, 5205
GRAHAMSTOWN: High Street Grahamstown, 6139
UITENHAGE: 13 Nxele Street Kwanobuhle, Uitehage, 6229
DURBAN: 201 Kenneth Kaunda Drive, Durban North, 4000
DURBAN METRO: 314 Grey Street, Durban, 4000
HOWICK: 23 Morling Street, Howick, 2940
NEWCASTLE: 9 Van Der Bijl Street, Newcastle, 2940
PMB: 208A Boom Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
PORT SHEPSTONE: 26 Ridge Road, Port Shepstone, 4240
ZULULAND: 38 Union Street, Empangeni, 3880
UMZIMKULU: T53 Hospital Road, Umzimkhulu
More details online, www.redcross.org.za