Situation Report on Cyclone Idai Issue 015

from Government of Zimbabwe, World Health Organization
Published on 15 Apr 2019 View Original
  • Training of OCV for district and provincial managers took place on 13 April and followed by training implementers on 14 April 2019. Vaccination is set to start on the 16th of April targeting Chimanimani and Chipinge

  • The cumulative number of OPD consultations are 10, 022 (6,601 female and 3,421 males) patients who have received care at the different health facilities since the health interventions for the cyclone were started

  • Vehicles and vaccination teams are in districts ready for deployment

  • OCV vaccine reached Mutare mid-morning and was subsequently distributed to Chipinge and Chimanimani districts

  • OCV campaign starts tomorrow 16 April 2019, one day after proposed date due to a delay in landing of the vaccine

  • Early warning system daily reporting of facilities is 45% (15/33)


Zimbabwe experienced torrential rainfall caused by Cyclone Idai from the 15th of March 2019 to the 17th of March 2019.Tropical Cyclone Idai which was downgraded to a tropical depression on the 16th of March 2019 caused high winds and heavy precipitation in Chimanimani, Chipinge, Buhera, Nyanga, Makoni, Mutare Rural, Mutasa and parts of Mutare Urban districts among other districts, causing riverine and flash flooding and subsequent deaths, destruction of livelihoods and properties. Chimanimani district was the most affected with two main centres having received the brunt of the cyclone, Ngangu Township of Chimanimani which experienced landslides and Ngangu growth point which experienced flooding. The immediate impact of the cyclone resulted in deaths of 181 people, with another 347 still missing. Those injured were 183, and they received immediate surgical care in the different health facilities across Manicaland Province. The Ministry of Health and Child Care is leading the health response to the effects of cyclone Idai with support from partners with overall guidance by the Civil Protection Unit at all levels. Focus has now shifted to ensuring continuity of health care, restoration of services and the prevention of outbreaks.

2.1 Coordination

  • Daily health coordination meetings are being held at PMD’s office and its being attended by all health partners.

  • The Ministry of Health and Child Care has developed a six month health response plan and is currently being implemented.