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 city of Beira, in Sofala Province of central Mozambique, lost communication. The full impact of the cyclone is yet to be established. However, initial reports indicate loss of life and significant damage to infrastructure in Beira and surrounding areas.
Cyclone Idai continued across land as a Tropical Storm and hit eastern Zimbabwe with heavy rains and strong winds. The storm caused high winds and heavy precipitation in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts causing riverine and flash flooding and subsequent deaths, destruction of livelihoods and properties.
Two-year-old Luísa, her brother Felipe, 3, and her mother Helena received the cholera vaccine in Beira. Photo: OCHA/Saviano Abreu
As of 9 April, the official death toll stands at 602 people, with more than 1,600 people injured, according to the Government. The death toll is expected to continue to rise as areas previously cut-off become reachable by road and the full extent of the damage becomes known. At least 131,600 people are still sheltering in 136 displacement sites.
The number of cholera cases registered continues to rise. As of 9 April, 4,072 have been reported, with 495new cases reported. Of the 4,072 cases reported,3,989 cases have received medical treatment and are recovering. Meanwhile, the Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign ended on 9 April with 802,347 people vaccinated - 96 per cent of the targeted people. As of 8 April, 7,124 cases of malaria have also been reported since 27 March.
As of 9 April, the number of school-age children affected has risen to 305,700. More than 3,340 classrooms have been destroyed, and many continue to be used as shelters for the more than 142,000 IDPs in Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia provinces. Humanitarian partners continue to call for any relocations out of schools or elsewhere to be safe, dignified and voluntary.
On 16 March, Cyclone Idai hit eastern Zimbabwe with heavy rains and strong winds. The storm caused high winds and heavy precipitation in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts causing riverine and flash flooding and subsequent deaths, destruction of livelihoods and properties.
As of 10 April, at least 299 deaths and 186 injuries have been reported. The homes of at least 4,000 households are destroyed or currently uninhabitable. This is expected to increase as assessments continue.In the seven districts affected by the Cyclone Ida- Chipinge, Chimanimani, Buhera, Bikita, Mutare, Gutu, and Chiredzi - multisectoral support will be required to speed recovery. The livelihoods of over 270,000 people across these districts has been affected. Those in Chipinge and Chimanimani districts are worst hit.
As of 26 March, about 868,900 people have been impacted, with 59 deaths and 672 injuries recorded, according to the government. Nearly 87,000 people are estimated to be displaced. While rapid needs assessments have been conducted in Nsanje and Phalombe districts, they continue in Machinga, Mangochi and Zomba to verify initial estimates and determine the total number of people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.