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Project information

Cyclone Idai Appeal

Cyclone Idai is claimed to be the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere in modern history. This natural disaster is estimated by the UN to have affected over 2.5 million people and left hundreds of thousands displaced across Mozambique, Malawi and neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Ongoing crisis


  • Need


    Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.

    Houses, roads and bridges have been ripped apart and agricultural land is completely submerged. More than 480 people are confirmed dead and 400,000 have lost their homes.

    The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted.


    DEC members are working closely with national partners to support the relief effort, delivering emergency shelter kits, food such as pulses and maize flour, water purification tablets and urgent health assistance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide urgent assistance to the crisis.


    » To address needs including shelter, water and sanitation, food and health assistance.

    What success will look like

    Assistance provided for thousands affected by the crisis.

  • Impact


    Across the three countries, shelter, water and sanitation, food, health assistance and protection are urgently needed, and support will also be required to help children continue their education, rebuild livelihoods and strengthen community resilience to best withstand future disasters.


    Idai is possibly the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, with 1.7 million people in the storm’s path in Mozambique and 920,000 people affected in Malawi alone. The disaster has also devastated parts of neighbouring Zimbabwe, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced across the region. The scale of the crisis continues to unfold and deepen as heavy rain makes full impact assessment difficult.


    We will communicate with donors via the appropriate channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000,000 Crisis support Cyclone Appeal
  • Background


    Idai began as a tropical depression in the Mozambique channel on 4 March, dropping heavy rain over Mozambique and Malawi before heading back eastward towards Beira in Mozambique, where it made landfall early on 15 March as a tropical cyclone. People across Mozambique, Malawi and neighbouring Zimbabwe have been affected.


    1.7 million people affected across the vast area affected.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Thirteen of the fourteen DEC member agencies have mobilised, with eleven already present in the three affected countries. They are providing immediate assistance with staple food items and shelter materials for those who have lost their homes, crops and livestock, or access to local markets.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Winterkorn

    Philanthropy & Partnerships Manager