Cyclone Idai Response

Cyclone Idai Response

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall over Mozambique between March 14 and 15, producing torrential rains and strong winds across the country, as well as in neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe.

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Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall over Mozambique on March 14 and 15, producing torrential rains and strong winds across the country, and in neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe. The cyclone caused catastrophic flooding, which has damaged homes, public infrastructure, and farmland, and exacerbated needs arising from early March flooding. Around 1.85 million people were in the direct path of the cyclone and at least 600,000 people need assistance.

Cyclone Idai is now considered the worst natural disaster in southern Africa in nearly two decades.Approximately 900 square miles of land was is covered in water – that’s an area larger than New York City and Los Angeles combined. The catastrophic flooding triggered by the storm has killed more than 600 people and nearly 1.9 million are in need of assistance.

On March 20, USAID deployed a DART to Mozambique to assess damage, identify priority needs, and work closely with partners to provide critical assistance to people in Mozambique. This elite team from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is comprised of: logisticians, and food security, shelter, health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene experts. The DART is currently working with the World Food Program (WFP), International Organization for Migration (IOM), CARE, Catholic Relief Services, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and World Vision to provide emergency shelter, food, water, improved sanitation, and hygiene supplies.

To date, the United States has provided more than $59 million in humanitarian assistance to help people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai, as well as flooding that occurred in early March.


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Last updated: April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019

USAID partner WFP reaches more than 1 million people in Mozambique with food and nutrition assistance. Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa launches $614 million appeal to fund recovery activities. Road access in Malawi improves, while authorities continue to repair key infrastructure used for the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

April 15, 2019

As of April 12, the Government of the Republic of Mozambique (GRM) reported that the official count for Tropical Cyclone Idai and flooding-related deaths had remained at 602 deaths. More than 73,600 people were sheltering in an estimated 77 accommodation centers across Manica, Sofala, Tete, and Zambézia provinces as of April 12, the GRM reports. The number of people in accommodation centers represents a 50 percent decrease since April 4; the UN reports that the reason for the decline is likely due to the GRM’s reclassification of accommodation centers.

April 11, 2019

As of April 9, Tropical Cyclone Idai had resulted in at least 602 deaths, according to the Government of the Republic of Mozambique (GRM). In addition, the number of homes damaged or destroyed by the cyclone has increased to more than 239,700, the GRM reports.

April 8, 2019

As of April 5, the official number of confirmed deaths in Mozambique remained constant at 598 and the number of injuries remained unchanged at more than 1,600, according to the Government of the Republic of Mozambique (GRM). The GRM reports that approximately 129,800 people were sheltering in 129 accommodation sites in Manica, Sofala, Tete, and Zambézia provinces as of April 5. In addition, the number of homes damaged or destroyed by the cyclone has increased to more than 216,700, according to the GRM.

April 5, 2019

On March 15, Tropical Cyclone Idai — the worst natural disaster to hit southern Africa in two decades — made landfall over Mozambique, producing torrential rains and strong winds across the country, as well as in neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe. The cyclone caused catastrophic flooding, which has killed hundreds of people so far, and damaged or destroyed homes, farmland, and public infrastructure — including major roadways, bridges, and hospitals. Read how the United States is helping people affected by Cyclone Idai.

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