Cyclone Idai March 2019

| Cyclone

Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
| Africa

Overview of the situation

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Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of 14 to 15 March 2019 near Beira City, Sofala Province, in central Mozambique. The cyclone brought torrential rains and winds to Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Inhambane provinces. The strength of the storm diminished as it crossed land. However, it continued to bring strong winds and heavy rains as it made its way across central Mozambique and into eastern Zimbabwe. Southern Malawi received heavy rains in the days prior to the cyclone’s landfall.

Flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai’s weather system since early March has affected nearly three million people and caused 1,000 deaths in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, as of 02 April. In Malawi, about 870,000 people have been impacted, with 59 deaths and 672 injuries recorded as of 26 March, according to the Government. Nearly 87,000 people are estimated to be displaced. While some rapid needs assessments have been conducted, initial estimates are being verified to determine the total number of people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.

Humanitarian response

Humanitarian response is ongoing in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, led by the respective Governments with the support of the United Nations and other humanitarian actors. The United Nations and its humanitarian partners have worked with the Governments of the three affected countries to outline the immediate life-saving needs and how it will respond to these. 

In Mozambique this response will require US$282 million to reach 1.72 million people out of theestimated 1.85 million people affected by the floods. In Zimbabwe 270,000 people need assistance requiring an estimated US$67.2 million. In Malawi, almost 732,000 people have been affected and the government appeal calls for US$45.2 million.

In response to the destruction caused, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided US$20 million to support the three Governments’ immediate efforts to provide life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to affected communities, including in health, food security, protection, nutrition and education. To donate to CERF use the following link or button on the top of this page.

Your donation goes to CERF to help in-country relief organizations reach the most vulnerable people quickly, saving lives whenever and wherever a crisis hits. The United Nations manages the funds and makes them available to UN agencies working on the ground to help people who desperately need support.

For additional information please refer to:

Flash Appeal for Mozambique


Business Guide Cyclone Idai, April 2019

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You can also make a direct contribution to humanitarian responders on the ground, including:

Contributions to longer-term recovery

Recovery and development activities should resume at the onset of the crisis, while humanitarian needs are still being addressed. Longer term contributions of technical expertise, infrastructure (re)-development and economic investment are key and must be coordinated with national priorities so that risk conditions are not built back. The United Nations encourage member states and other donors to support activities that allow the local private sector to “get back in business” as soon as possible. UNDP and partners are currently working with the Government, companies and foundations in Mozambique in implementing a recovery strategy. For more information please contact Manuela Muianga.

Key figures

Governments, humanitarian and private sector actors are coordinating action on the ground required to provide support and deliver aid to 2.9 million people in need. Here key figures for Mozambique. 


People assisted with food


Cholera cases


People reached with water support