Southern Africa – Tropical Cyclones Fact Sheet #13, Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, May 31, 2019

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 31 May 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relief actors continue to advocate for coordination and safe, dignified, and voluntary population movements as resettlement in Mozambique quickens

  • Insecurity, road damage hinder humanitarian access in areas affected by Cyclone Kenneth

  • Cholera vaccination campaign reaches more than 252,000 people in Pemba, Mecufi, and Metuge

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • In late May, the UN and partner organizationsincreased the Tropical Cyclone Kenneth flash appealfrom $85.2 million to $103.7 millionto support the needs of cyclone-and drought-affected populations in Mozambique through June 2019.The additional $18.5 million is requested for the Food Security Cluster (FSC) to address food security and livelihoods needs for a period of three months; the original appeal only covered FSC programming for two months.TheUN revised the MozambiqueHumanitarian Response Plan (HRP)to include the Cyclone Kenneth flash appeal, bringing the total HRP requirements to $440.9 million to provide assistance to an estimated 2.8 million people in Mozambique. As of May 31,donors had funded nearly33percent of theHRP request.

  • As of May 28, approximately 8,000 people affected by Cyclone Idai remained in nine accommodation centers in Mozambique’s Sofala Province; the Government of the Republic of Mozambique (GRM), in coordination with relief actors, had resettled an estimated 9,700 households. As efforts to relocate households affected by Cyclone Idai persist, relief actors continue to advocate for the safe, dignified, and voluntary movement of populations from accommodation centers to resettlement areas. Humanitarian organizations are alsocalling for continued coordination with the GRM to ensure resettlement sites are equipped to accommodate resettled populations, noting that some sites lack sufficient access to basic services.

  • Relief actors had provided food assistance to approximately 250,000 people across all areas of Zimbabwe affected by Cyclone Idai as of May 21, the UN reports. The figure includes approximately 160,000 people in Manicaland’s Chimanimani and Chipinge districts, where Tropical Cyclone Idai caused significant damage tocrops and irrigation systems; the storm affected more than 11,000 hectares under crop production in the two districts, according to the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ). As of May 21, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was continuingefforts to repairsixdamaged irrigation systems in Chimanimaniand Chipinge.