HOUSES DAMAGED >58,600
CROPS DAMAGED ~500,000ha
SUMMARY OF THE CRISIS
On 14 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira City, leaving devastating loss of life and large-scale destruction of assets and infrastructure in its wake. In the following days, entire villages were submerged underwater as floodwaters rose. Thousands of people were stranded on roofs and trees. Entire swathes of crops were damaged – with nearly 500,000 hectares flooded – and severe loss of livestock is expected, exacerbating food insecurity across the central region of the country. Many families were separated as they fled the rising flood waters, while others were trapped on high ground, unable to access basic goods and services for days. Tens of thousands of people were displaced, many having to flee with nothing as the waters rose rapidly. Children, the elderly and people with disabilities who are less mobile are likely to have been left behind or stranded, while women are expected to have borne the brunt of the storm, as they strove to save their households and livelihoods.
Overall, it is estimated that 1.85 million people are in need of urgent assistance.
SUMMARY OF THE APPEAL
- PEOPLE IN NEED 1.85M
- PEOPLE TARGETED 1.72M
- REQUIREMENTS $281.7M
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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