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

On April 25, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall over Mozambique’s Quissanga District, Cabo Delgado Province, with winds estimated at 140 miles per hour. As of May 12, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth had caused at least 45 deaths and approximately 94 injuries, according to the Government of the Republic of Mozambique (GRM). The storm had damaged or destroyed nearly 44,900 houses, 480 classrooms, and 19 health facilities. On April 26, U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique Dennis W. Hearne declared a disaster due to the effects of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique. In response, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in Mozambique is conducting assessments and supporting response activities in coordination with the GRM and humanitarian partners.

The GRM reported that nearly 286,300 people were in need of assistance due to Tropical Cyclone Kenneth. Improved weather conditions following the cyclone allowed relief actors to deliver assistance, including food, health, and shelter supplies, to populations in areas impacted by Tropical Cyclone Kenneth.

Separately, relief actors are transitioning from response to early recovery programming in areas impacted by Tropical Cyclone Idai, which made landfall over Mozambique’s Sofala Province in mid-March. The GRM reported that the official count for Tropical Cyclone Idai and flood-related deaths in Mozambique was 603 people.

Additionally, USAID/OFDA is 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: June 14, 2019

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