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21 May 2019 description

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund two grants totalling $11.734 million to two agencies for providing relief to cyclone victims in Mozambique.

20 May 2019 description

Contact: Danielle Payant at dpayant@airserv.org

Entebbe, Uganda. An Air Serv aircraft has positioned to Mozambique, where it will support relief efforts following a devastating period of successive storms.

20 May 2019 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amos Zacarias

MAPUTO, May 20 2019 (IPS) - Mozambique, which was affected by an unprecedented two tropical cyclones over a matter of weeks, is still reeling from the impact a month after the latest disaster. But resultant devastation caused by the cyclones could impact the country’s elections as concerns are raised over whether the southern African nation can properly hold the ballot scheduled for later this year.

20 May 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 71 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

20 May 2019 description

OVERVIEW

On the night of 14 to 15 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone IDAI made landfall in central Mozambique. The cyclone brought torrential rains and winds affecting mostly the Provinces of Manica, Sofala and Zambézia, causing flash flooding and subsequent destruction.

20 May 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 1.62 million people have been reached with food assistance in Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia provinces following the devastating passage of the Cyclone Idai weather system through Mozambique in March.

  • The number of people sheltering in accommodation centres had reduced to 14,044 (3,065 families) as of 12 May, down from 21,384 (4,639 families) on 5 May.

20 May 2019 description

1,514,662 persons Affected by Cyclone IDAI as reported by INGC

34,651 persons Reported across 34 sites in Beira, Dondo, Nhamatanda in DTM’s multisectoral location assessment

85,864 persons IOM assisted with various shelter and essential household items in coordination with Shelter Cluster partners (17,054 HHs)

Highlights

20 May 2019 description
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1.1 CYCLONE IDAI

1.85M People affected
400K Displaced
603 Deaths
1641 Injured
1.2M People in need
6754 Cholera cases
31107 Malaria cases

  • There are now 11 accommodation centers remaining in Sofala province sheltering 2,987 families representing 13,654 people as of 14 May.

20 May 2019 description
report Ayuda en Acción
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  • The country has been hit hard by two cyclones in less than two months.
  • Ayuda en Acción, an NGO that has been working in Mozambique for 22 years, has already begun its humanitarian response to support reconstruction.
  • The organization calls for citizen collaboration to build latrines, provide clean water and distribute seed kits, hygiene and sexual and reproductive health for women.

Madrid, 16 May 2019.

20 May 2019 description

Lilongwe, 20 May 2019: As the Malawi Floods Emergency responses enters its second-phase running from April to June, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has provided an additional £1.6m million (USD 2.06 million) to UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), Concern Worldwide and GOAL to support recovery efforts of families displaced by floods in the southern region.

20 May 2019 description
report Plan International

INTRODUCTION

Primary data was collected from 18 schools in Buzi and Beira districts as part of the effort to assess the extent of damage caused by cyclone Idai. These schools assessed are in Bandua and in the city of Beira. The assessment targeted 21 sample schools, however due to access and logistical constraints, only 18 schools were reached. The report is therefore limited to schools reached by Plan International Mozambique team.

BACKGROUND

19 May 2019 description

On 14 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall as a category four Cyclone near Beira City, causing human losses, massive destruction of infrastructure, households, and significant amount of internal displacement. The disaster exacerbated preexisting vulnerabilities. An impressive total of 1.85 million people have been affected.

As of 1st of April, over 146,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sought refuge in 155 temporary sites across 4 provinces (Sofala, Manica, Zambezia, Tete).

18 May 2019 description
report REACH Initiative

Natural disasters such as cyclones and heavy rains are becoming increasingly common on the southern shores of Africa. This trend driven by climate change was made visible in Mozambique where Cyclone Idai swept over the city of Beira and neighbouring provinces across to Zimbabwe. As extreme weather patterns become mainstream, the significance of data required to build preparedness is brought to the forefront of humanitarian action. So is the necessity for rapid response in assessing the needs of affected populations.

18 May 2019 description

Overview

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Zimbabwe on 15 March 2019. From 7-27 April 2019 IOM, in close coordination with the Government of Zimbabwe, conducted baseline assessments in 12 affected districts.

Key Findings

51,905 cyclone-induced IDPs were reported with 97.5 per cent living in host communities and 2.5 per cent residing in collective centres or camp-like sites. In addition, there are a significant number of pre-cyclone displacements resulting from man-made disasters.

18 May 2019 description
report Direct Relief

By Gordon Willcock

It’s been eight weeks since Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique, bringing destructive winds and torrential rain that created dangerous flooding, effectively creating an inland sea and cutting off multiple communities for more than a week.

More than 1,000 people across the region were killed as a result, and 1.85 million people left in need of assistance in Mozambique alone. Widespread flooding also impacted the neighboring countries of Malawi and Zimbabwe.

17 May 2019 description

Geneva 17 May 2019 (WMO) _ The impacts of climate change, associated sea level rise and extreme weather are amplifying as a result of record greenhouse gas levels and combining with urbanization, environmental degradation and water stress to produce interlocking crises. There needs to be a drastic change of course, according to the top global forum on disaster risk reduction.

"We live with the highest concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 3 million years,"

17 May 2019 description
report Convoy of Hope

JEREMY WILLLIAMSON
International Disaster Services Training and Deployment Manager

At 4 a.m., the flood waters of Cyclone Idai reached Armando’s home.

It was too late to save his belongings, so he ran to help an elderly neighbor. Slinging her over his shoulder, he carried her through the waters to the village grain mill, where he hoped to find higher ground.

17 May 2019 description

Geneva 17 May 2019 (WMO) _ The impacts of climate change, associated sea level rise and extreme weather are amplifying as a result of record greenhouse gas levels and combining with urbanization, environmental degradation and water stress to produce interlocking crises. There needs to be a drastic change of course, according to the top global forum on disaster risk reduction.

"We live with the highest concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 3 million years,"

17 May 2019 description

Rehabilitation of water sources is often necessary after a flood event. This technical checklist provides the basic steps on how to return the borehole and handpump to service, providing safe drinking water for the community.

STEP 1: Assess the flood impacts on the water point

  • Downhole pollution and/or blockage by mud and silt - Damage to the handpump - Damage to the concrete apron and drainage

STEP 2: Clean and disinfect the borehole

17 May 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team conducted village-level assessments in Chimanimani and Chipinge from 9 to 14 May 2019, initially targeting the wards currently hosting the highest numbers and ratios of Cyclone-induced IDPs.

• IOM’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) conducted psychosocial support sessions for 1,106 pupils and staff members at Ngangu, Ndima and Chimanimani Secondary Schools from 8 to 10 May 2019.