Mozambique + 2 more

Cyclone Idai Situation Report 1 - period covered: March 15 - 19, 2019


Situation Overview

Tropical Cyclone Idai has dissipated after making landfall over Mozambique as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. At least 146 people were killed from flooding caused by the storm, including 66 in Mozambique, 56 in Malawi, and 24 in Zimbabwe. Various homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, and police stations were damaged, and thousands were forced to leave for higher ground. The cyclone reportedly impacted over 1.5 million people across the countries. There were also reports of power cuts. Flights throughout the region were disrupted during the storm. Ongoing flood-related impacts are being covered in separate Severe Flooding incidents for Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. The government has confirmed 66 dead and the President has indicated the count could rise to 1,000.

Significant Updates

Below is a summary of current conditions and significant updates. In many of the villages the houses are made of locally-sourced materials and the population lives on subsistence agriculture. Heavy rains earlier in the week, before the cyclone struck, had already claimed another 66 lives, injured scores and displaced 17,000 people

19 Mar

  • Victims are reportedly trapped on roofs and clinging to trees awaiting rescue, UN agencies said, while across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, tens of thousands of people have lost their homes, while roads, bridges and crops have been washed away. UNOCHA

  • UN Children’s Fund @UNICEF reported that 260,000 children have been affected UNOCHA

18 Mar

  • Beira 90% damaged - situation outside the city could be even worse. Yesterday, a large dam burst and cut off the last road to the city.” IFRC

  • 25 Homes swept by mudslide at Ngangu township source

  • Current priorities shelter, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene as priorities. source

17 Mar

  • Villages in Chiluvo, Nhamatanda, Sofala, - swallowed by mud and water source

16 Mar

  • Heavy rains have created flooding. City of Beira isolated. Hospitals operationable

  • Eight medical outposts deployed but not yet installed: locations unknown source: Declarations of the president to TV Moçambique: (video is no longer available)

  • More than 190.000ha of crops destroyed affecting more than 85000 families

  • All internal flights cancelled due to Idai

15 Mar

  • City of Beira with no power and no communications

  • Pilots are landing planes (WFP) in the dark with no communications Reliefweb “Can you imagine in an airport, damaged by the water, dark with no light or radio communication with the control tower, nothing. I mean, those pilots are incredible.”

  • Via UNOCHA Preliminary information indicates that destruction and interruption of services are highly likely, including:

    • Damage to schools and health facilities, including materials and supplies
    • 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
    • Water supply destruction and interruption due to heavy winds and floods
    • Heightened risk of water borne diseases due to damage to sanitation facilities and prevalence of unsafe water
    • Destruction of houses and loss of non-food items
    • Heightened protection risks, particularly for women and children, including increased risk of gender-based violence and possible displacement.