Mozambique Under Water
Clean water for thousands in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai
Field Note #231
W|W was able to distribute 200 filters throughout four villages outside the city of Beira, a fairly isolated community along the Buzi River. A couple days after the cyclone passed over the heavy rains in West Central Mozambique and Eastern Zimbabwe came rushing back down the rivers creating massive flooding. The Buzi river overflowed it's banks into surrounding low-lying areas as the water made its way back to the ocean. The screams started around midnight at which point the water was knee deep. Within an hour it was waste deep and before long was over most people's heads. There were a few multi-story buildings that people rushed to. Many of them stood packed like sardines for three days waiting for rescue and for the waters to recede. Nearly every mud home was destroyed and every building sustained significant damage.
With your help, W|W was able to respond to this disaster and provide over 1,000 people with clean water. Not long after this success, our partner delivered an additional 300 filters to Medair, an emergency response organization centered in Beira.
This distribution was a through a large church that has been incredibly active and effective in the relief efforts in Beira and the surrounding slum areas. They have a significant degree of influence and a massive volunteer operation, reaching into some of the worst affected areas where the majority of the cholera outbreak has been centered. We trained about 40 volunteers and they were prepared with video equipment to record the training so as to better reproduce it and ensure their distribution and ongoing support is as effective as possible. They plan to set up some of the filters on larger containers as water points in 67 local churches within the slums and then distribute the remaining filters in surrounding households.
In total, W|W has sent 1,500 filters to Mozambique! None of this would be possible without your direct support through our filter build program. A portion of filters from every build are designated to our disaster relief program, which enables us to respond immediately to situations like those in Mozambique and other areas in need.