South Africa appeals to citizens to help Cyclone Idai victims in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi


PRETORIA, March 17 – International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Sunday appealed to South African non-governmental organisations, companies, and citizens to contribute to humanitarian aid for the people of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai.

According to reports, at least 100 people have lost their lives as a result of floods that have left around 400,000 people displaced and in urgent need of shelter, food, and other amenities.

“We have directed all our embassies and diplomats to continue to work with the three countries to assess the damage,” Sisulu said.

“We have this afternoon [Sunday] received reports from our missions and our teams on the ground who are working with authorities… what is urgent now is the provision of humanitarian aid.”

On behalf of the people of South Africa, Sisulu had sent a message of condolences to the people of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique and wished the injured  a speedy recovery.

Sisulu urged any South Africans affected by the floods to contact embassies in those countries, or to call the 24-hour department call centre on ‪012-351-1000‬. (ANA)