Update on Cyclone Idai - May 2019


May 2019

Cyclone Idai hit Beira with full force on Thursday 14th March 2019. Within hours 90% of Beira’s buildings had suffered damages due to winds of above 200km/hour, and coupled with torrential flooding it further worsened an already terrible situation. It left over 1,000 people dead and thousands more missing. Idai is the second-deadliest tropical recorded in the South-West Indian Ocean basin. It currently ranks as the third-deadliest tropical cyclone on record. The cyclone’s exact death toll is expected to never be known. Over 168,000 hectares of land is flooded in the outlying areas and with it destroying entire villages, crops, and livestock. In one-way or another everyone was affected and some lost their lives and others to a varying degree their property or livelihood. It was reported that 5,756 homes were destroyed, while another 15,467 homes were affected. Additionally, eight hospitals and 938 classrooms were destroyed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone_Idai


Despite the devastation around Beira – Cornelder and major stakeholders have been working hard to ensure all services were resumed and business return to normal where possible. After ten days of being cut off from the outside world all major services – water, electricity, internet, air and road transport links were restored and everyone continues to ensure that Beira rebuilds and comes back better than ever.

J&J Africa has been working very hard to ensure that all our facilities and services have resumed to their full capacity. Beira corridor needs continued support to ensure that the community benefits and the local economy.

Watch the short video BEIRA CORRIDOR IS BACK ON TRACK made on the 7 April 2019 not even a month after the tropical cyclone hit Beira

Whilst we are back to business as usual, at J&J Africa we believe in the community and in the importance of giving back in a time when so many have lost so much. We are busy supporting various community initiatives to ensure that the communities affected are able to find a new normality (should you wish to donate to any of them please contact donations@jjafrica.com) and follow this link to our community initiative of ensuring one of the many schools affected rebuild a future for 2,100 children that were affected. J&J AFRICA APPEAL FOR REI DOS REIS COMMUNITY SCHOOL REBUILD - CYCLONE IDAI 2019