Mozambique After Cyclone Idai, One Month On

In mid-march, Cyclone Idai struck southern Africa, ravaging parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Of these countries, Mozambique was hardest hit. The storm struck the port city Beira and surrounding areas, creating a massive inland flood plane. At the time, the World Meteorological Organization called it one of the worst weather related disasters to ever strike the southern hemisphere.

One month on, I wanted to get a sense of the how the recovery efforts were progressing, so I called up Dorothy Sang of Oxfam, who is on the line with me today from the city of Beira in Mozambique.

Dorothy Sang is Oxfam’s humanitarian advocacy manager and in this conversation she describes the scale of the damage wrought by Cyclone Idai and how international relief agencies like Oxfam are responding to this crisis.

One thing that struck me about this conversation is how over one month since this crisis, relief agencies are still finding communities that have been totally cut off from access.  Aid has not reached many stranded communities, and relief agencies are relying on expensive air drops to deliver aid.

Facts and Figures: Cyclone Idai

According to the latest figures from the United Nations the damage from Cyclone Idai remains vast;

1.85M People in need

6,258 Cholera cases

~69K internally displaced people in accommodation centres

12,297 Malaria cases in Sofala Province


If you have twenty minutes and want to learn how the relief and recovery efforts are progressing in the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in history, have a listen.


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