Tropical Cyclone Idai | Mozambique | District of Dondo Initial Assessment Report, 25 March 2019



Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of 14th to 15th March 2019 in the district of Dondo (nearby the city of Beira) in the Province of Sofala, in central Mozambique. The cyclone brought torrential rains and strong winds to Sofala, Zambezia, Manica, and Inhambane provinces. The cyclone had heavy impacts on the city of Beira and surrounding areas resulting in loss of communication and partial access due to roads being blocked and infrastructure such as bridges heavily damaged. In addition, initial findings report that important damage and destruction to shelter and settlements occurred, as well health and WASH facilities being largely impacted and damaged.

Dondo is a distict within Sofala province with a population close to 185,000 according to the 2017 census (Instituto Nacional de Estatística, 2017). Due to its close proximity to the Beira Emergency Operation Center and relative accessibility the first inter-agnecy initial assessment was conducted on 24 March targeting 24 communites. The extent of the damage is still unfolding as access to communities is slowly being regained due to the inland water extent reducing. Despite the geographic scope of the impact of TC Idai being very large, this initial assessment report provides an initial overview on one of those areas affected.