DC-8 Aircraft Brings Relief Supplies to Victims of Second Mozambique Cyclone

May 10, 2019 • Mozambique
Many homes are flooded after Cyclone Kenneth hit Pemba, Mozambique.
Many homes are flooded and destroyed after Cyclone Kenneth hit Pemba, Mozambique.

Samaritan’s Purse is sending relief in response to Cyclone Kenneth which struck northern Mozambique just six weeks after Cyclone Idai ravaged central areas of the African country.

Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 aircraft departed Thursday, May 2, for Mozambique with a load of shelter supplies for those devastated by Cyclone Kenneth. The plane arrived in the coastal city of Nacala on May 4, and thousands of tarps are being distributed in Jesus’ Name to offer much-needed relief.

Our DC-8 aircraft will bring relief supplies to storm survivors.

Our DC-8 aircraft brought relief supplies to storm survivors.

Cyclone Kenneth—one of the strongest storms to ever hit Africa—made landfall on April 25 with more than 170 mph winds. Since then, 20 inches of rain have fallen and an additional 20 inches is forecast. The storm left 38 people dead and over 20,000 displaced. In addition, more than 34,000 homes have been partially or totally destroyed.

More than 800 miles south of where Cyclone Kenneth hit, Samaritan’s Purse continues to serve victims of Cyclone Idai. This storm struck just six weeks earlier, leaving more than 500 dead and 500,000 displaced in central Mozambique.

In the areas surrounding the towns of Beira and Buzi, we have distributed more than 14,000 tarps and treated nearly 4,000 patients at our Emergency Field Hospital. In addition, we have handed out over 3,000 water filtration systems and rehabilitated hundreds of wells and other water supply points. We have also distributed more than 60 metric tons of food in three-day rations of rice, beans, and oil. Amid all of this, we have trained and distributed Bibles to more than 2,000 pastors who lacked them.

Please pray for the people of Mozambique as they seek to recover from two devastating cyclones in such a short period. Ask also for Samaritan’s Purse staff on site to minister the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their time of need.

This article originally posted on May 2 and was updated on May 10.