The floods caused by the Tropical Cyclone IDAI has affected 3 million people in the Republics of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe leaving 839 people dead, and this figure continued to rise as the rains stopped and water subsided. To date, over 201,476 people (Table 1) have been displaced and about 317 camps established. A total of 2,347 people have been reported injured and over 300 people are still missing in the affected countries.
There has been a significant reduction in the number of displaced people - with 73,296 people currently hosted in 70 accommodation centres; down from 142,327 people the week before.
A total of 4,979 cholera cases were recorded in Beira, Dondo, Buzi and Nhamatanda and the death toll has reached eight.
With UNICEF support, 814,293 people were vaccinated against cholera representing 99 per cent of the target population.
UNICEF continues supporting FIPAG (the water supply institution),
Government and operators to run water supply systems in affected areas providing drinking water to 771,856 people
Almost one month on, 1 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance following Cyclone Idai’s impact in Mozambique, according to UNICEF.
• The Ministry of Education has provided 50,000 books and 50,000 pencils to students impacted by the crisis.
• Nearly 1.1 million people had received food assistance as of 13 April and distribution of seeds for the winter harvest was underway in Sofala province.
• More than 2,100 children (6-59 months) have been screened for acute malnutrition in the accommodation centres for displaced people, as of 13 April. Out of these, 62 had severe acute malnutrition and 131 had moderate acute malnutrition, who have been referred for treatment
In the aftermath of Cyclone Idai (mid-March 2019), the most immediate risks in the affected areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi are related to the increased transmission of diarrhoeal diseases due to lack of access to safe drinking water and poor sanitary conditions. In addition, the number of acute respiratory infections in children accommodated in overcrowded shelters has gone up. The risk of a major upsurge in cholera cases in affected areas or in bordering areas with previous transmission and flood-specific risks (e.g. tetanus and leptospirosis) should be considered a priority when adopting mitigating measures.
299 deaths have been recorded and 329 people are still missing, according to the Government.
• Latest assessments indicate that the homes of some tens of thousands of people have been destroyed or damaged beyond habitability. Most of these people are staying with hosts in the extended community.
• Revised Flash Appeal requires US$294 million to respond to the drought and Cyclone Idai.
• Food Cluster partners have so far assisted an estimated 30,000 people in the worst-affected areas of Chimanimani and Chipinge.
• Access to a sufficient quantity of water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene has been restored for 43,000 people.
• Eight clusters have been activated to bolster the humanitarian response effort in support to the Government of Zimbabwe,