Tropical Cyclone Idai - Mozambique

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira City, Mozambique, on March 14, 2019. One of the strongest tropical cyclones on record to hit the African continent, the cyclone resulted in loss of life and widespread destruction across Sofala, Manica, Zambezia, Tete and Inhambane provinces. Floodwaters continued to rise in the following days and weeks and, in some instances, entire villages were submerged.

At the end of March 2019, the death toll was reported at more than 500. More than 140,000 people were displaced and approximately 100,000 houses were totally or partially destroyed or flooded. An estimated 3000km2 of land was submerged by the floodwaters, resulting in significant damage to infrastructure and loss of livelihoods.

Above: These photos were taken about an hour's drive outside Beira in Nhamatanda district where World Vision distributed non-food items to 500 families. Kits included a rope, two tarpaulins, a 120 litre bucket, one plastic latrine cover, 3 mosquito nets and two five litre buckets. Photo credit: World Vision Australia.

Above: These photos were taken about an hour's drive outside Beira in Nhamatanda district where World Vision distributed non-food items to 500 families. Kits included a rope, two tarpaulins, a 120 litre bucket, one plastic latrine cover, 3 mosquito nets and two five litre buckets. Photo credit: World Vision Australia.

The AHP Response

Through the AHP, the Australian Government committed AUD 750,000 to support humanitarian efforts in Mozambique. Funding was focused toward WASH, shelter, protection and health, with a further focus on gender, children and disability inclusion.

World Vision Australia

Working with World Vision Mozambique, World Vision Australia is meeting the immediate life-saving needs of 17,000 internally displaced people and host community members in Buzi and Nhamatanda Districts in Sofala Procinces, including within the temporary settlements of Inharongue and Bandua.

Response efforts are focused on improving access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities. Information will be proactively provided to communities around hygiene, to raise awareness of the health risks and how to prevent them through good hygiene practice. This is an important step to prevent and control the spread of water and vector-borne diseases such a cholera and malaria. The World Vision team will also distribute essential non-food items, such as buckets and personal hygiene products. With extensive disruption to schools, child friendly temporary learning centres will be established to address the education and protection needs of displaced children.