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Cyclone Appeal in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe over 3 million people have been affected by Cyclone Idai, which hit southern Africa in March 2019.

Homes and farmland have been completely wiped out in some areas and thousands have been displaced.

You can help us to get vital aid to the areas affected and save lives.

Please donate to our Cyclone response now.

Donate now 

Last updated: 05/08/19

What happened?

Mozambique

Mozambique was the worst affected country, with the city of Beira almost completely submerged by water

Over 60,000 people were displaced. They had to live in temporary shelters where there was large concern over access to clean water. 

Across Mozambique 1.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Early on in the response there was a cholera outbreak resulting in over 6,000 cases of cholera. Fortunately humanitarian organisations were able to bring the outbreak under control. 

Many people are still in need of life saving assistance but recovery and rehabilitation of communities has begun.

Malawi

In Malawi 922,000 people were affected by the cyclone and 125,000 people were left homeless in the south of the country. 

Malawi had already been suffering from drought prior to the cyclone. 

Zimbabwe

Finally in Zimbabwe, although the impact was not as significant as in Mozambique and Malawi, thousands are in need of humanitarian assistance, particularly in the south of the country in Chimanimani.

You can help us to get vital aid to the areas affected and save lives.

Please donate to our Cyclone response now.

Donate now 

Last updated: 05/08/19

Our response

In Mozambique

We have provided 302,000 people with humanitarian assistance. Our focus has been on helping some of the most vulnerable such as those displaced from Beira city and across Sofala province. 

Oxfam's main focus has been on ensuring people have safe and clean water and toilets. This has included water trucking, fixing water sources and providing lifesaver cubes. We have given particular focus on areas that had cholera or are at risk of disease outbreaks. 

Oxfam is now looking at rebuilding people's lives with livelihoods support such as providing training, seeds and tools.

In Malawi and Zimbabwe 

Oxfam has provided communities with clean water and hygiene items but also food assistance.

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Maria Nazombe say they have no home, they have no food and behind is a house they would like to rebuild but they do not have plastic sheets and grass to finish it.

Tavwana Chirwa / Oxfam

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