Southern Africa Cyclones

Ninety percent of Beira, on the coast of Mozambique, was flooded by Cyclone Idai. Sergio Zimba/Oxfam

Heavy rains and storm surge from Cyclone Idai has affected the lives of more than 2.5 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Cyclone Idai hit the coast of Mozambique on March 14, 2019, and caused extensive damage. More than 800 people have died and thousands were cut off from aid in isolated areas without water, food, or proper toilets for weeks. The UN declared this one of the worst weather catastrophes to ever hit Africa. Lack of clean water and proper facilities created a cholera epidemic in Mozambique, a second disaster Oxfam and our partners are struggling to contain. The heavy rains also caused extensive damage to homes, roads, and agricultural fields in Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Six weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique, bringing high winds and heavy rains. The storm has affected more than 160,000 people and destroyed 35,000 homes.

What Oxfam is doing

Oxfam intends to assist 450,000 people in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique with clean water and sanitation to head off water-borne diseases. We are trucking in water, constructing temporary latrines and handwashing facilities, and distributing hygiene kits containing soap and other items to help people keep clean. Oxfam staff and community volunteers are also raising awareness of good hygiene, an essential way to avoid transmission of diseases like cholera. Oxfam’s response also seeks input from all affected people about where to place latrines and other decisions that help women keep safe. We are also raising awareness about protection of vulnerable displaced people like women and children.

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