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Project information

Cyclone Idai Appeal

Cyclone Idai has caused devastation across areas of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Thousands are stranded and have lost their homes and are seeking shelter in accommodation centres and makeshift shelters.


Charity information: British Red Cross

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  • Need


    As of yet, the extent of human suffering is not known. The total population of the flood affected areas is being verified and the rescue efforts of survivors is ongoing. Given the size of the flooded area we do expect that the death toll will increase significantly.
    Damage caused by the cyclone is making it hard to assess the level of devastation and some affected areas are still inaccessible. On 16 March, a dam burst on the outskirts of Beira leaving thousands trapped.


    The Mozambique Red Cross, supported by IFRC, is on-site assessing damage, treating water to make it safe and drinkable, and getting aid out to people.
    Malawi Red Cross are undertaking search and rescue operations, and building pit latrines and wash facilities in temporary camps.
    Zimbabwe Red Cross are distributing aid to affected areas.
    British Red Cross is providing 2,000 tarpaulins, 3,000 mosquito nets and 3,000 blankets from our regional warehouse to the Zimbabwe Red Cross.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To save lives and save those trapped by flooding


    » Search and rescue teams have been working to save people since the first river overflowed but more search and rescue support is currently needed.

    What success will look like

    Reduction of loss of life and minimising risk of disease and malnutrition.

  • Impact


    Recovery and rebuilding after Cyclone Idai and the earlier floods will take a long time. The impact on the country’s food security is particularly worrying as tens of thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed.

    Red Cross teams are always in communities before, during and after emergencies – they will continue to support those in need as long as needed.


    Some aid is reaching people, but the cyclone has affected a wide area, across all three countries, and many roads are impassable. The damage has caused serious logistical challenges.

    Beira’s airport is now open again, allowing Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations to bring in much needed aid items and aid workers.


    We can produce reports of funding being used as our part in the provision of emergency crisis relief.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Initial Crisis Respon Search and Rescue Teams and urgently required humanitarian aid.
  • Background


    Cyclone Idai damaged or destroyed 90 per cent of Beira in Mozambique, according to an initial rapid IFRC assessment.

    Since early march , the weather system caused by Cyclone Idai had already affected more than 1 million people across Southern Africa.

    Heavy rain will continue in the coming days which may only exacerbate the already dire situation and cause already saturated rivers to overflow.


    The primary focus of the Mozambique government as well as humanitarian organisations is to save lives. Every effort is being made to save those trapped by flooding.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Right now, people are in need of shelter, safe water, and food. The International Federation of the Red Cross are boosting their response, and we are working with them and through our local partnership with the Zimbabwe Red Cross to help people in need.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The International Red Cross And Red Crescent Movement

    The Red Cross is a global humanitarian network of 80 million people that helps those facing disaster, conflict and health and social problems.