Just before midnight on Thursday 14th March, Cyclone Idai battered the port city of Beira, in central Mozambique, and swept a path of destruction 300km inland into Zimbabwe. Over the weekend, torrential rains caused rivers to overflow. Entire villages were under water. People clung to roofs and trees to survive. At least 600 people died, 1,600 were injured and 140,000 were displaced. Some 230,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. Idai destroyed crops just before the harvest, seeds and tools.
By 4th April, the CDAC Network had flown a Communication, Community Engagement and Accountability Coordinator to Mozambique, who was funded by the H2H Network and hosted by OCHA at the Emergency Operation Centre at Beira Airport. In this powerful photo story from the CCEA coordinator to the response, Mercedes Sayagues, outlines some of the critical work that was done by CDAC Network members and other partners in getting information to those most affected by the disaster.