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Clockwise from top: Damaged Kingdom Hall in Chipangara; damaged Kingdom Hall in Muxungue; flooding in Sofala Province

FEBRUARY 9, 2021

Cyclone Eloise Causes Devastation in Mozambique

Cyclone Eloise Causes Devastation in Mozambique


Provinces of Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Sofala, and Zambezia


  • Strong winds and heavy rains pummeled five provinces in Mozambique on January 23, 2021, causing widespread devastation

Effect on our brothers and sisters

  • 3 publishers were injured

  • 13 publishers were displaced

Property damage

  • 9 Kingdom Halls sustained minor damage

  • 9 Kingdom Halls sustained major damage

  • 3 Kingdom Halls were destroyed

  • 53 homes sustained minor damage

  • 41 homes sustained heavy damage

  • 10 homes were destroyed

Relief efforts

  • Before the cyclone made landfall, the Mozambique branch recommended that all publishers in vulnerable areas evacuate to safer areas

  • The branch has appointed four Disaster Relief Committees to coordinate the necessary relief efforts, including temporary shelter for those displaced

  • Circuit overseers in the affected areas are providing practical and spiritual support to the publishers

  • All the relief efforts are in accord with COVID-19 safety protocols

We look forward to the time when God’s Kingdom puts an end to disasters and the suffering they cause.—Matthew 6:10.