EM-19-022 Zimbabwe

Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.The long-lived storm caused catastrophic damage, and a humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,300 people dead and many more missing. Idai is the deadliest tropical cyclone recorded in the South-West Indian Ocean basin.

Zimbabwe experienced torrential rainfall caused by Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani from the 15th to 17th of March 2019. Tropical Cyclone Idai’s trajectory, which hit Zimbabwe’s south eastern districts, caused significant loss of life, injury and damage to infrastructure.  According to UN statistics:  270 000 individuals were affected by the cyclone, 58% of these were children.  A total of 370 (179F;183M & 8 unknown) people were reported to be missing, 179 adults, 153 children and 38 unknown. Of these people, 194 were from Copa and 176 from areas around Ngangu, Machongwe, and areas along Nyahode river. About 95% of the road network in Chimanimani district was damaged rendering the affected communities inaccessible for aid delivery. The cyclone affected 640 small to medium enterprises and 22 844 farmers.

ADRA Zimbabwe responded in the most affected areas in the district of Chimanimani focusing on preventing post disaster mortalities and morbidity. The project targeted 1500 households translating to 7500 people. The intervention focused on WASH related activities such as; Participatory Health and Hygiene Education through health clubs; and treatment & prevention of malnutrition amongst under five children, pregnant and lactating women as well as people on ART and TB treatment and the elderly (65 years +) who were exposed to malnutrition due to the depletion of food stocks. About 5000 under five children were targeted for routine screening, emergency IYCF and vitamin A. Support was given to village health workers (VHWs) and ward nutrition coordinators (WNCs) in the form of transport. This was meant to enable them to move essential medical and nutrition supplies.  ADRA Zimbabwe in collaboration with Save the Children, World Vision and UNICEF managed to also train VHWs and WNCs on growth monitoring, active screening and reporting.

ADRA-UK contributed to this emergency response

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