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Southern Africa: Cyclone Idai Snapshot (as of 19 March 2019)


Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of 14 to 15 March 2019 near Beira City, Sofala Province, in central Mozambique. The cyclone brought torrential rains and winds to Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Inhambane provinces. The strength of the storm diminished as it crossed land. However, it has continued to bring strong winds and heavy rains as it has made its way across central Mozambique and into eastern Zimbabwe.

Flooding caused by the Tropical Cyclone Idai weather system since early March has affected more than 1.5 million people and caused at least 300 deaths in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In Malawi, about 840,000 people had been impacted, with 56 deaths and 577 injuries recorded, according to the government. About 94,000 people are estimated to be displaced. While rapid needs assessments have been conducted in Nsanje and Phalombe districts, they continue in Machinga, Mangochi and Zomba to verify initial estimates and determine the total number of
people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. In Mozambique, more than 600,000 people have been affected, with at least 84 deaths following the cyclone landfall. Prior to the landfall, 66 deaths were already recorded due to the floods. At least 267 classrooms and 24 health units have reportedly been affected in the
provinces of Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Inhambane, according to authorities.

Many areas remain without power and almost every network has been damaged. In Zimbabwe, at least 102 deaths have been reported, more than 1,100 people have been injured and over 200 are missing in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. Humanitarian response is ongoing in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

However, significant response challenges remain, as heavy rains have damaged roads and main access bridges have been washed away. In Mozambique, water is expected to rise above alert levels in the Buzi and Pungoe river basins and a continued high risk of urban floods in Beira and Dondo.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
19 Mar 2019
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Snapshot
Tropical Cyclone Idai - Mar 2019