Cyclone Idai

A monstrous cyclone named Idai struck parts of Africa and the Southern Hemisphere on March 4th, 2019. It continued to cause damage up until March 21st, 2019. Countries that were affected by this natural disaster were Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Madagascar. Out of all the tropical storms in this area, Cyclone Idai is the worst one on record.  

By Madelyn Larson

According to washingtonpost.com, as of 5:55 pm on March 27th, 2019, “The flooding is estimated to have affected nearly 2 million people in Mozambique, where the official number of fatalities stands at 468.” The actual death toll of Idai will never be known because of the rising sea waters wiping away the population 

The water quality is deteriorating because of the damage to the water supply system as a result of the cyclone, along with the contaminants of the dead bodies. There have been numerous cases of cholera, which is a bacterial disease in the small intestine. According to bbc.com, “More than 500 cases of cholera have since (March 14) been reported in Beira.” Many efforts are being made in making vaccinations available to those affected in Mozambique.  

The big debate around the cyclone is climate change. Many people have spoken about climate change being the trigger for Cyclone Idai. The death toll has risen because of landslides and other factors associated with the disaster. Theguardian.com stated, “More than 180 people in the region are known to have been killed by the landslides triggered by Idai.” They continued to say, “At this critical time, we can’t turn away from climate change.” Whether a person is a supporter of climate change or not, that is up for them to decide.  

Natural disasters take a significant amount of time and dedication to recover from, some more than others. Cyclone Idai, in my opinion, is on the high end for destruction and will take some time. People are without power and have lost their homes, which are supposed to be the one sacred place they have. Ahmed Kajee, a reporter at EWN, said, “For the next three months alone, the UN says it will need just over $280 million to help the country recover from the disaster. This shows that other countries are eager and ready to lend help to a country that is in dire need.