Cyclone Idai devastated the south-eastern Africa, sweping through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe over the past few day. It may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN.
On March 15th, Cyclone Idai made landfall in the city of Beira, a major port for Mozambique, resulting in significant damage and destruction. 1.7 million people may have been affected, hundreds of lives have been lost, tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of hectares have crop damage resulting from Cyclone Idai.
In Beira, flooding was extensive and the New York Times quoted authorities who estimate "90 percent of the area is completely destroyed."
It is in Beira that the De La Salle Brothers have a pre-postulancy, community, two schools and an educational center known as Centro Educacional e Assistencial La Salle (CEALS) for almost 300 poor children from 6 to 17 years of age.
Cyclone Idai has severely damaged the structures of the two schools, the CEALS and the staff quarters.
We pray for our Lasallian family in Mozambique.
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