Mozambique Cyclone

About the Cyclone

Mozambique Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall over Mozambique between March 14 and 15, producing torrential rains and strong winds across the country, as well as in neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe. The cyclone caused catastrophic flooding, which has damaged homes, public infrastructure, and farmland, and exacerbated existing needs arising from flooding in early March. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and the lack of electricity, damage to major roadways and bridges, and continued flooding is adding to an already dire situation.

In response, humanitarian organizations are providing lifesaving assistance and working to address the urgent needs. These groups are providing emergency food, water, health care, and shelter supplies to the families who have been affected.

Details About the Ongoing Response Efforts


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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