While Mozambique was still reeling from the impact of Cyclone Idai, disaster struck again in the form of Cyclone Kenneth.The death toll in Mozambique is expected to rise as aid agencies try to reach more areas affected by cyclones.
Cholera cases have been confirmed in northern Mozambique following the floods that battered the country. Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Cabo Delgado province packing winds up to 220 kilometres per hour - hitting a region that has not experienced a tropical cyclone in the modern era. “It killed at least 41 people, with some 226 000 affected, destroyed thousands of homes and wrecked water supply systems,” provincial authorities said.
Donations of blankets, non-perishable foods, money and other items were collected by TWR Women of Hope during a Speaking Hope to Women event hosted at the TWR Africa Support Services offices in Croydon, South Africa. At this event, Dimpho Molomo spoke on ‘Recognizing the voice of God’ while Gospel singer, Bonnie Jean Masson shared her testimony and led in worship. “Continue praying for those affected and that the TWR programmes will touch many lives and give people encouragement and hope as they tune in,” said TWR Women of Hope National Coordinator - South Africa, Lyn Burnett, while thanking everyone for the donations received at the event “You have shown us your giving hearts! A big thank you for all the donations of clothes, blankets and food for Mozambique,” she added.
Esperanca Cuambe, TWR Women of Hope National Coordinator in Mozambique will be distributing the donations to prayer groups affected by the Cyclones. Based in Nampula, she has Women of Hope contacts that are in desperate need.
TWR’s national partner, called RTM Mozambique, is located in the capital city of Maputo, roughly 750 miles south of where the cyclones hit. (RTM is equivalent to TWR in Portuguese, Mozambique’s official language.) Maria Taibo, FM Station Manager of RTM Mozambique’s FM station, Radio Capital, has also been calling on churches to mobilise and help survivors of the storm with donations and humanitarian supplies.
TWR Ministry Director for East and Southern Africa, Sphiwe Nxumalo-Ngwenya said TWR Africa plans special broadcasts to bring healing and hope in the spiritual lives of survivors which they trust will overflow into the social life of the areas. “Let us continue to pray for the TWR broadcasts to these affected areas on Short Wave and Medium Wave, that listeners will hear of the hope that can be found in Jesus Christ and turn to Him,” she added.