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26 Mar 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The official death toll was 447 people as of 25 March, according to the Government.

• Nearly 129,000 people are sheltering in 143 collective sites across Sofala (more than 97,600 people), Manica (more than 14,800 people); Zambezia (more than 9,600 people); and Tete (more than 6,800 people).

• The entire District of Nhamatanda in Sofala Province has been affected by Cyclone Idai and related floods, and nearly 15,000 people are sheltering in 14 sites across the district.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

26 Mar 2019 description

The African Risk Capacity Group (Specialised Agency of the African Union and ARC Ltd) is deeply concerned over the loss of lives, economic livelihoods and extensive displacement of thousands of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe resulting from the impacts of floods and tropical cyclone IDAI.

The Governments of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are founding members of the ARC family, having signed the ARC Establishment Treaty in 2012

26 Mar 2019 description

Luanda - Two helicopters from Angola flying troops specialised in search and rescuing operations in difficult access areas reached Monday Maputo, Mozambique, Angola’s Health Minister Sílvia Lutucuta confirmed Monday.

The Minister also announced the arrival in Mozambique – hit by powerful tropical storm – of a fourth plane with 52 tons of goods (medicines and expendable supplies), two ambulances and four 4-wheel drive vehicles to ensure the mobility of the teams.

26 Mar 2019 description

KEY FIGURES

DEATHS 446

INJURED >1,500

HOUSES DAMAGED >58,600

CROPS DAMAGED ~500,000ha

SUMMARY OF THE CRISIS

26 Mar 2019 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam has distributed emergency supplies to survivors of Cyclone Idai in Nsanje district, one of the worst hit areas in the southern tip of Malawi, and in camps in Buzi near the city of Beira in Mozambique today.

26 Mar 2019 description
report Concern Worldwide

Cian Purcell-Milton

Over 800,000 people have been affected by the flooding in the wake of Cyclone Idai in Malawi, with 59 dead and 672 injured. And as flood waters are starting to subside, it is a race against the clock to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera.

26 Mar 2019 description
report CARE

BEIRA, Mozambique (March 25, 2019) — CARE staff responding to the devastation left by Cyclone Idai across southern Africa say children and women – particularly pregnant and lactating mothers – are most vulnerable in the storm’s wake. As flood waters begin to subside, CARE’s distribution of aid has focused on those suffering disproportionately, with the latest reports indicating that more than 700 people are now confirmed dead in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

25 Mar 2019 description

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 25, 2019
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

25 Mar 2019 description
report American Red Cross

Flooding has forced an estimated 483,000 from their homes in Mozambique—which suffered its worst humanitarian crisis in decades when Cyclone Idai made landfall March 14-15. Search and rescue efforts continue, but Red Cross and Red Crescent teams have shifted their focus to supporting people hardest hit by the storm.

Many families have lost everything.

25 Mar 2019 description
report Voice of America

March 25, 2019 2:39 PM
Yanick Machel

MAPUTO — Mozambique's President Filipe Nysui is warning countries ravaged by Cyclone Idai could face more flooding. The cyclone's heavy rains, which killed at least 750 people in Mozambique and neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, have also pushed dam retention levels to near maximums.

Mozambique said after heavy rains from Cyclone Idai, the water level behind the Cahora Bassa Dam, the fourth largest in Africa, is above recommended levels, raising the possibility that a discharge might be required to relieve growing pressure.

25 Mar 2019 description

The Department of Defense will assist U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide humanitarian assistance to Mozambique in response to the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan authorized U.S. Africa Command to expend up to $6.5 million in Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster and Civic Aid funds to provide logistics support for up to 10 days, beginning March 22.

25 Mar 2019 description

MATUNDO, Mozambique/LILONGWE, Malawi – Eleven days ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. By the time the storm struck, communities throughout Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling from days of fatal downpours and flooding.

25 Mar 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 67 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Cyclone in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Humanitarian crisis in Mali
  • Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic.