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Cyclone Idai

Survivors of Cyclone Idai face shortages of clean water and food and are at risk of waterbourne diseases due to contaminated flood water. (Photo: Sergio Zimba / Oxfam)

 

Updated on 23 August 2019

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LATEST UPDATE

31 JUL 2019

So far, Oxfam has reached over 468,000 people. Rice is the staple food of the affected communities, however, thousands of households have had their land and rice crops partially or totally destroyed. We are now calling for urgent funding for emergency food assistance and longer term support to help the affected women, men and children to rebuild their lives. Otherwise, potential food crisis is expected.

PREVIOUS UPDATE

25 APR 2019

Barely six weeks on, Cyclone Kenneth – the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Mozambique in modern history – tore through northern Mozambique, affecting a further 160,000 and killing 40.

18 APR 2019

Oxfam has reached over 50,000 people. We have been trucking clean drinking water to nearly 11,000 people living in displacement camps and distributing buckets and soap as part of COSACA (a consortium that includes CARE, Save the Children and Oxfam) through our partner AJOAGA. We are also building latrines and wash spaces, and promoting safe hygiene practices. We have also trained over 190 community ‘activistas’ who provide information on cholera prevention and good hygiene practices.

14 MAR 2019

On 14-15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai slammed into Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, devastating the lives of about 2.6 million people across the three countries and claiming the lives of over 1,000.

 

The Situation

On 14-15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai slammed into Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, devastating the lives of about 2.6 million people across the three countries and claiming the lives of over 1,000. Barely six weeks on, Cyclone Kenneth – the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Mozambique in modern history – tore through northern Mozambique, affecting a further 160,000 and killing 40.

Aid workers supporting the survivors of Cyclone Idai are doing all they can to fight cholera – with well over 6,000 cases reported to date – and reach survivors with life-saving aid. Millions of lives have been devastated across the three countries, and countless people are still left destitute without food or basic services. The Presidents of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have all declared this a national disaster; UN Secretary General, António Guterres, also declared this ‘one of the worst weather-related catastrophes in the history of Africa’.

Cyclone Idai map

Oxfam's Immediate Response

As of the end of July 2019, Oxfam has reached over 468,000 people. Over the past few months, we have:

  • Provided safe drinking water and emergency food
  • Provided emergency shelter
  • Installed latrines and water pumps and distributed hygiene items including water purifying tablets, buckets, soaps, etc.
  • Trained volunteers to help communities understand the importance of the vaccine and how to prevent the spread of disease

We are also helping recover people's livelihoods, prevent water-borne diseases, and protect displaced people, with a key focus on women and children. We will support vulnerable households in the region in a variety of ways. For instance, we will:

  • Support alternative cropping options for the winter months
  • Rehabilitate broken boreholes and pipelines to ensure long term access to clean water
  • Rehabilitate communal toilets and bathrooms and conduct hygiene promotion activities to prevent water borne diseases
  • Train community volunteers to raise awareness of gender-based violence in evacuation centres and the communities

 

The HKSAR Government’s Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) made two grants to Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK) totalling HK$11,943,000 to support its emergency response to the cyclones in Southern Africa.

In this disaster, OHK received HK$5,289,000 in funding from the DRF on 11 April 2019 to purchase supplies, which will reach 4,730 flood-affected families in Malawi. The grant will ensure that each targeted family will receive a household kit and a hygiene kit, which includes a set of tarpaulin and ground sheets, two mosquito nets, two blankets, cooking utensils, and personal hygiene items such as buckets, chlorination tables to purify water, soap and sanitation pads. 

On 17 May 2019, OHK received HK$6,654,000 in funding from the DRF to purchase supplies. This will help OHK reach 3,000 flood-affected families in Mozambique. All targeted households will receive one household kit and one hygiene kit. In addition, one temporary toilet construction kit and one toilet cleaning tool kit will be distributed to every five families.

The DRF requires that its funding be used for this specific disaster, in accordance with the funding application submitted by OHK and approved by the DRF. After the completion of OHK’s relief work, an evaluation will be carried out, and an evaluation and financial report (including an external audit report) will be submitted to the DRF.

 

 

Thoughts from the frontlines

A Blog written by Stewart Muchapera, Oxfam Media and Communications Lead, from Beira in Mozambique)

‘I signed up to work at Oxfam to save lives’

"Beira resembles a city at war: homes have been razed to the ground as if bombed from the air; some are submerged in water; roofs have been blown away; trees uprooted, and fields and crops flooded " 

Stewart Muchapera, Oxfam Media and Communications Lead writing from Beira in Mozambique

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Kate Lee, Senior Officer -- Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Management

Saving lives in Mozambique

"It is very challenging for the affected countries to fully recover from such a devastating natural disaster. People’s lives are still in danger and your help is urgently needed.”

Kate Lee, Senior Officer - Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Management

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