EM19-020 Malawi

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.

A Category 3 Cyclone made landfall in Mozambique on March 14, 2019 with gale force winds of up to 140km per hour leaving a trail of destruction and flooding as it continued into Zimbabwe and Malawi. Cyclone Idai left over 1,000 people dead across the region and almost 2 million displaced in its wake. Within a period of six weeks, another Cyclone Kenneth made a fall in the northern Mozambique as the category 4 storm which was reported to be the strongest cyclone Mozambique has ever recorded.

The main goal of the project was to improve the standard of living of households in Phalombe, Zomba, Machinga and Mulanje Districts of Malawi through immediate relief assistance in order to reduce the impacts and maintain dignity of those households affected by flooding as a result of Cyclone Idai.

ADRA-Uk provided funding towards the emergency response.

A full report is available here: