Tropical Cyclone Idai, which made landfall on March 15, has been described as one of the worst cyclones ever recorded in the southern hemisphere of Africa. Based on reports, more than 700 people are dead, and hundreds more are still missing or injured in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Cholera cases have jumped to 271, authorities said. So far no cholera deaths have been confirmed. Authorities have warned that the death toll will increase as flood waters recede and reveal more bodies.
The Flight Centre Foundation will be making a donation to Doctors without Borders, who are working closely with all those left homeless, ill or injured in cyclone-ravaged Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Doctors without Borders/MSF teams are on site in Beira in Mozambique, the city worst affected by the cyclone. An emergency team has also been sent to Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, bringing much-needed medical supplies. In Malawi, the organisation is supporting the Makhanga Health Centre, providing staff and medical supplies.
Ludivine Houdet, Fundraising Director of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa, told media a MSF team had been in Beira when the cyclone hit and had been out of contact for several days after that. All are now accounted for, although some had been injured.