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.