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Help Cyclone Affected Refugees Now

UNHCR is on the ground supporting refugees whose homes have been destroyed by Cyclone Idai.

A devastating cyclone has hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The official death toll has risen above 700 people, a further 200,000 are displaced and more than 1.8 million people are estimated to be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

Some 12,000 refugees (3,000 families) out of the 13,000 living in Tongogara refugee camp, south-eastern Zimbabwe have had their shelters completely destroyed by the wind, rain and flooding. 

Due to the incredibly quick response of donors, UNHCR's first airlift arrived in Maputo on 27 March and the emergency aid is being transported to Beira, the hardest-hit city by the disaster. Another flight will arrive in Malawi on 28 March, and a third one in Zimbabwe on 31 March.

We need to provide refugee families with family tents, plastic sheeting, kitchen items, sanitation facilities and clean water. Without emergency shelter families will be sleeping in the open or in overcrowded buildings. We also need to act now to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases like cholera.

Please provide emergency aid right now to support refugees affected by Cyclone Idai.