Event Date: 23 December 2019
Venue: Youth Alive Catholic Centre, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Prepared by: Michek Gondo from Southern Africa Youth Forum (SAYOF)
Due to the huge impacts and damage left as a result of the Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in the southern African states of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, a network of partnering regional and national civil society organizations (CSOs) committed itself to convene a joint stakeholder dialogue with communities from affected areas in order to re-think the disaster preparedness of SADC Member States and how to develop an improved resilience against the effects of climate change in the form of a three day Regional Workshop. As noted by SAT, the tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth are regarded as two of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. The cyclones caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,300 people dead and many more missing. Cyclone Idai was the deadliest tropical cyclone recorded in the South-West Indian Ocean basin. Communities, local, national and regional governments were ill-prepared and unable to provide protection to the most vulnerable social groups. More than 3 million people were affected, out of which 1.85 million people were in Mozambique. It is under this backdrop that the pre-meeting on Disaster Preparedness and Climate Resilience which brought together community representatives from the affected communities and representatives of the organizing organisations in Zimbabwe and Malawi was convened in the Manical and Province of Mutare and community visit to Chimanimani District as part of preparations for the three-day Regional Workshop.