Southern africa Cyclone Emergency Response

Southern Africa Floods and Cyclone Emergency Response

Join with us to help provide food, shelter and other emergency needs for those affected by this storm and now are forced to deal with restrictions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic

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More than 2.8 Million People Affected across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe

Cyclone Idai Emergency Response

On March 14, 2019 Cyclone Idai made landfall in the southern African countries of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.  In Mozambique, where the majority of deaths occurred, the impact was devastating, particularly in Beira. Many children and their communities have been affected, including areas where World Vision is implementing long-term development programmes. This disaster follows successive failed crop seasons due to poor rainfall and drought, that affected most of the areas experiencing flooding and the cyclone. 

Southern Africa Flood Map
Helping families in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe
Our Response

World Vision aims to help 500,000 people over the next 12 months through food and livelihoods support; shelter; water, sanitation and hygiene; and child protection programs in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.  

The Situation

2.8 Million

Number of people affected


Number of Homes Destroyed


Number of people we aim to help over the next

Six Months of Supporting Survivors of Cyclone Idai

Impact on Children of Cyclone in Mozambique
Helping Survivors
Impact on Children

Children are severely affected by the crisis which has exposed many of them to the risks of disease, hunger, injury and death. Some have been separated from families, and there are significant protection and safeguarding concerns.  The disaster is also keeping many children away from school. World Vision’s scoping team to the affected areas found genuine desperation amongst many displaced children and their families.



Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we'll be working to reach the children and their families in the following ways: 

Distributing food and emergency shelter kids for tens of thousands of families and young children

Working to halt the spread of disease in partnership with local health workers

Setting up special spaces in evacuation camps where children can be cared for, monitored and receive basic psychological support and learning.

Establishing kitchens to ensure infants and young children are fed

Providing clean water, emergency toilets and places to wash

We’ll also be organising cash for work programmes where families will be given cash that they can spend, in return for work

Over the longer term World Vision will help survivors rebuild their lives, homes and local infrastructure to get children back into school

Cyclone Idai survivors learning a proper handwashing to preven COVID-19
Most vulnerable population remains at risk as COVID-19 continues to leave the trail of death around the world

Read World Vision's latest press release regarding Cyclone Idai. 

Idai Distribution
Helping Survivors
Making sure children have what they need to survive

Join us as we help children, families and communities in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe rebuild their lives.