What was not allowed to happen is happening again
Just one month after Cyclone Idai, another disaster has struck - Cyclone Kenneth has washed away entire villages.
Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Tanzania and Mozambique on April 25 and could now create another humanitarian crisis, just one month after Cyclone Idai caused massive destruction and affected nearly 2 million people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Photo: Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam
"The winds and rain were so strong. Everything was destroyed. I was very scared, and I am still scared. We need food, we need water and we need a new house. Now we are sleeping outside and all the children have a cough."
Oxfam is still working day and night to support those affected by the first disaster, Cyclone Idai, compounding an already acute situation. Cyclone Kenneth has washed away entire villages and over 160,000 people have been affected. According to the UN, 29 550 houses have been destroyed by the storm. Thousands of people are now in urgent need of clean water, food and shelter.
Oxfam has so far reached 109,500 people after Cyclone Idai, but the emergency response is currently grossly underfunded and after Cyclone Kenneth, the needs are now increasing.
A boy sits on a fallen palm tree and looks out over the destroyed houses in Macomia, northern Mozambique. Photo: Tommy Trenchard/Oxfam