Since early March 2019, the Tropical Cyclone Idai weather system has brought death and destruction to Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, affecting nearly 3 million people and killing at least 960; making it one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere. In Malawi, about 868,900 people have been impacted, with 59 deaths and 672 injuries recorded, according to the government. Nearly 87,000 people are still living in displacement sites. In Mozambique, 1.85 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with more than 600 deaths and more than 1,600 injuries recorded. Nearly 161,000 people were sheltering in displacement sites as of 7 April, and many more have sought shelter with family and friends. In Zimbabwe, more than 270,000 people have been affected, with at least 299 deaths reported and more than 186 people injured, according to the government. Tragically, the full death toll from Tropical Cyclone Idai is not yet known. The storm impacted health and education facilities in all three countries, and in Mozambique alone, nearly 240,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged. Tropical Cyclone Idai swept through the region during the main harvest, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, which will significantly impact food security in the months ahead. A cholera outbreak was declared in Mozambique on 27 March, and there are rising numbers of malaria cases.
The humanitarian response in all three countries, led by the respective governments, continues to scale-up. In Mozambique, more than 756,200 people have received food assistance, more than 745,600 people have been vaccinated against cholera, more than 100,000 people have been reached with shelter and non-food items, and key protective measures – including referral pathways for gender-based violence – have been put in place. In Malawi, more than 100,000 people have been reached with food, and more than 107,000 treated bed nets have been distributed. In Zimbabwe, 30,000 have received food assistance and 43,000 people have been provided with access to clean water. Additional funding is urgently required to support the scale-up of the response in each of the affected countries.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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