SOUTHEASTERN AFRICA
CYCLONE IDAI

International Medical Corps has deployed a team of response experts to help those affected by the devastating cyclone that battered southeastern Africa on March 14 and 15.

The United National Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that nearly 3 million people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been affected by Cyclone Idai’s torrential rains, destructive winds and deadly flooding. Though the death toll will likely continue to rise as additional information is gathered, more than 1,000 people have died, thousands more are missing and hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes.

Cyclone Idai washed out roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in its path, while high winds damaged or destroyed countless homes and buildings—including health centers and hospitals. The effects of the disaster on crops and livelihoods will be felt for months to come. Though waters are beginning to recede in some areas, flood conditions still exist in others, restricting access by aid providers to information—and by local populations to much-need supplies, including food, clean water and healthcare.

As information comes in from affected areas, International Medical Corps is on the ground. Leveraging our long-standing presence in Zimbabwe as a response platform, we have deployed experts to affected areas in the region to quickly expand support for health, medical and other needs, and are working with partners, government ministries and international agencies to build and expand response efforts. The primary needs appear to be water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, including a need for hygiene kits and access to clean water; healthcare, including access to medicines, and treatment and prevention of acute watery diarrhea and cholera; shelter for the displaced; nutrition; protection for women and children; and mental health and psychosocial services.

During this rapidly evolving crisis, there is one constant: the needs of those affected will continue to rise. Check this page frequently for updates—and to find out how you can help.

Fast Facts
Cyclone Idai hit southeastern Africa on March 14 and 15, 2019
Nearly 3 million people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been affected
More than 1,000 people have died, thousands more are missing and hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes
Needs include medical supplies, health services, food, clean water, shelter, and mental health and psychosocial services

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