Mozambique Cyclone Idai
Cyclone Idai caused catastrophic flooding in Mozambique, leaving at least 600,000 people in need of assistance.
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Key Developments

Mozambique is recovering from the effects of two severe tropical cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Idai, which made landfall over Mozambique’s Sofala Province on March 15, 2019 and Tropical Cyclone Kenneth, which made landfall over Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province on April 25, 2019. The Government of the Republic of Mozambique (GRM) has estimated that tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth resulted in more than 645 deaths. The cyclones also destroyed or damaged approximately 79,000 homes and caused widespread damage to crops and infrastructure. 

USAID and relief actors have transitioned from emergency assistance to post-disaster recovery support in the aftermath of the tropical cyclones. More than 75,000 people remained displaced in cyclone-affected areas of Mozambique as of July, and USAID is working with the GRM to facilitate the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to new homes and to provide humanitarian assistance at resettlement sites and in IDP camps. Additionally, Mozambique is experiencing widespread food insecurity due to the combined effects of cyclones, drought, and conflict; USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) continues to provide emergency food assistance in affected areas.

USAID is also responding to the effects of Cyclone Idai in Malawi and Zimbabwe, as well as Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique and Comoros. Please visit our webpage for additional information.


Mozambique experiences recurrent droughts, floods, and tropical storms. USAID/OFDA responds to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by disasters, while continuing to support disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs that build the capacity of communities to respond to future shocks. Examples of USAID/OFDA DRR activities include promoting conservation agricultural practices and establishing disaster management committees.

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Last updated: August 15, 2019

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