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2019 Cyclones and Typhoons - UCC Response

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Updated May 17, 2019

Tropical Cyclone Idai

On the night of 14 to 15 March Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira City, Sofala Province, in central Mozambique. The cyclone brought torrential rains and winds to Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Inhambane provinces. Cyclone Idai continued across land as a Tropical Storm and hit eastern Zimbabwe with heavy rains and strong winds. The storm caused high winds and heavy precipitation in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts causing riverine and flash flooding and subsequent deaths, destruction of livelihoods and properties, leaving more than 600 people dead and an estimated 1.85 million people in need in Mozambique alone.

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth

On 24 April, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth passed north of the Comoros Islands, hitting the northern island of Ngazidja. On the evening of 25 April, the cyclone made landfall in Mozambique between the districts of Macomia and Mocimboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado province. With wind gusts of up to 220km/h, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth became the strongest cyclone to ever hit the African continent. Southern Tanzania and eastern Malawi have also received rains caused by the weather system. 

Click here for more information about Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth and UCC Disaster Ministries' response.

Tropical Cyclone Fani

At least four dozen are dead in northeastern India and Bangladesh after Powerful Cyclone Fani slammed onshore May 3 as the strongest cyclone to hit India within the last 20 years. Significant infrastructure damage notwithstanding, the death toll certainly would have been much worse if it were not for the Indian Government's well-targeted evacuation plan, which moved more than one million people into storm shelters, according to United Nations officials. 

Fani made landfall early Friday morning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. local time along the coast of the Indian state of Odisha, close to Puri. Fani's strength was the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans when it barreled ashore. Odisha State Emergency Operation Center reported 37 deaths and 14.8 million people affected in 14 districts, with 508,467 houses damaged.

Fani crossed over India’s West Bengal state and moved northeast toward Bangladesh on Saturday, weakening from a severe cyclonic storm to a cyclonic storm. At least a dozen people had been confirmed killed in Bangladesh as the cyclone hovered over the country’s southwestern coast early Saturday, delivering battering rain storms. Lightening killed at least six people, local newspapers and TV reported.

Sources: AccuWeather, Associated Press, UNOCHA, ACT Alliance
ACT Alliance member CASA is responding in the Districts of Puri and Jagatsinghpur for a period of 90 days.  They will be giving assistance to the affected communities addressing shelter, health, WASH, and food security. UCC Disaster Ministries has provided $5,000 in support.
United Church of Christ Response
The United Church of Christ has issued an emergency appeal to raise $200,000 to increase the International Emergency Relief Fund to respond to disasters around the world, including in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, left reeling by Cyclone Idai on March 15 and Cyclone Kenneth on April 24.

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