Cyclone Idai: One month on, flood waters in Mozambique have begun to recede, the needs have not

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 15 April 2019

On 14 March, Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique, bringing devastation to the port City of Beira and surrounding areas. The following days, the weather system swept through the central region, causing massive flooding and leaving entire communities submerged under 10 metres of water.
In the immediate aftermath of the storm, there was an inspiring and instant outpouring of international support and solidarity. More than 14 countries, including 5 from Africa, deployed over 100 assets to support the aid effort, and relief supplies were flown in from around the world. Civil Protection mechanisms were activated, and Emergency Medical Teams were deployed.
Multiple donors triggered crisis mechanisms and the Emergency Relief Coordinator immediately allocated $14 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), enabling humanitarian actors to rapidly scale-up the operation. Aid organisations pre-financed nearly $60 million of the operation using internal funds that must now be repaid (source: OCHA).