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WBU message of solidarity following Cyclone disaster in Mozambique

The World Blind Union extends deepest sympathies and condolences to our members in Mozambique and southern parts of Africa affected by the devastating Cyclone Idai that has killed more than 500 people. 

The WBU is monitoring the crisis and urging governments, first responders and humanitarian aid agencies to recognise and address unique needs of blind and partially sighted persons affected by the storm. The storm has caused severe flooding leading to hundreds of deaths, destruction of homes and properties and cutting off power and communications.

As aid agencies scramble to reach out to thousands of people affected by the storm, the WBU is calling for full support and accessible services in response to the crisis.  It is critical that survivors of such disasters are provided with accessible information and communication services including braille, large print, and audio formats. Other relief services including medical, health, rehabilitation and re-settlement should also be accessible to the blind and partially sighted persons

An estimated 600,000 people have been affected, according to the UN.​