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Cyclone Idai Appeal

Thousands of people have been killed or injured by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa and countless others have lost everything they have ever owned. CARE is on the ground right now but needs urgent help to provide life-saving supplies and shelter to survivors.

March 2019 - March 2021

Charity information: CARE International UK

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  • Need


    Cyclone Idai could be the worst weather-related disaster to ever strike the southern hemisphere. Thousands of people are in desperate need of help.

    There have been 150 deaths reported so far across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi and that figure is expected to rise significantly in the coming days. Flash flooding and rising water levels are now putting even more lives at risk. It’s a race against time to stop more lives from being lost.


    CARE is already on the ground in all three countries affected.

    We’ve already sent 13 trucks to the cyclone-affected area with vital items including 500 tents, 200 rolls of plastic sheeting and rope for temporary shelter, 2,800 family kits and over 2,000 hygiene and family packages containing soap, mosquito nets, water canisters and blankets.

    We’re doing as much as we can but without your help, we may not be able to reach everyone who needs us.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide emergency assistance to women and girls, who are normally the worst affected by disaster


    » Special menstrual hygiene items will be distributed and shelter design will ensure women and girls are protected from exploitation and/or abuse

    What success will look like

    We will monitor and report back on the number of women and girls who are reached as part of the response, as well as collating feedback from them

    Aim 2

    To provide emergency shelter to those who have lost their homes


    » CARE is providing tents, plastic sheeting and rope for temporary shelters. We already have emergency shelter experts on the ground

    What success will look like

    We will report back on the number of people reached with emergency shelter, and the feedback received from them

    Aim 3

    To provide seeds and livestock


    » CARE is working with other organisations and local authorities in Mozambique to minimise the impact of the cyclone with agricultural support

    What success will look like

    We will report back on the number of people reached with emergency agricultural support, and the feedback received from them

  • Impact


    CARE’s initial focus will be on meeting the immediate needs of the people affected by the cyclone. In order to maximise our impact, we are working in collaboration with other organisations including Save the Children and Oxfam, as well as local authorities.

    This project aims to minimise secondary loss of life. This means from things including flash floods, rising water levels and disease which put even more lives at risk. It also aims to support quick recovery for the most vulnerable people.


    Bridges have collapsed making delivery of aid more complex. However, CARE is already working with the UN and other agencies to set up a second logistics hub in the nearby city of Chimoio. This second hub will be used to airlift supplies into affected communities.


    CARE will provide updates in our twice-yearly newsletter, on our website and by email. If you have any specific questions about our response, please call Caroline and Maria, our Supporter Care team on 020 7091 6100.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Crisis Response Response to the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai, where it is needed most.
  • Background


    Across all three countries affected but primarily in the worst affected district of Tete, Manica, Sofala and Zambezia Provinces in Mozambique.


    Along with our partners we hope to reach up to 895,000 people with emergency aid.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CARE International has been working in each of the countries (Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi) for at least 20 years. We are responding to this disaster in all three countries and working with partners to maximise the impact of our response.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Step Haiselden

    Global Shelter Team Leader


could provide blankets to keep two families warm.

“Our home has been destroyed by the cyclone. We lost everything. Nothing is left.”

Julia Luis, a 37-year-old mother of three who we met in Beria, Mozambique.