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Mozambique: Cyclone Idai makes landfall, causing destruction and interruption of vital services

15 Mar 2019


Credit: WFP

Update: 16 March

Updated information on the going response can be found here.

15 March
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.

Beira and other districts of Sofala province are facing power and communication outages, according to initial reports from the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) and Directorate of Analysis and Weather Forecast (DAPT). Several villages have been cut off from the mainland by tidal surge, according to media reports.

The full extent of the damage caused by Cyclone Idai’s landfall is not yet known. However, preliminary information indicates that destruction and interruption of services are highly likely, including:

  1. Damage to schools and health facilities, including materials and supplies
  2. Damages to crops, including about 168,000 hectares of crops already impacted by flooding in early March, which will undermine food security and nutrition, including amongst the most vulnerable people already affected by the earlier floods and drought
  3. Water supply destruction and interruption due to heavy winds and floods
  4. Heightened risk of water borne diseases due to damage to sanitation facilities and prevalence of unsafe water
  5. Destruction of houses and loss of non-food items
  6. Heightened protection risks, particularly for women and children, including increased risk of gender-based violence and possible displacement.