Cyclone Idai and Kenneth

For the first time in recorded history two strong tropical cyclones have hit Mozambique in the same season.

Pela primeira vez dois ciclones tropicais fortes atingem Moçambique durante a mesma estação.
INGC/2019

Cyclone Idai and Kenneth cause devastation and suffering in Mozambique

On 14 March, tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall at the port of Beira, Mozambique, before moving across the region. Millions of people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been affected by what is the worst natural disaster to hit southern Africa in at least two decades.

Six weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique – the first time in recorded history two strong tropical cyclones have hit the country in the same season. Devastation caused by the cyclones could bring the cumulative number of children in affected areas in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – in healthcare, nutrition, protection, education, water and sanitation – to nearly 1.4 million in Mozambique alone. 

Following Cyclone Idai in March, UNICEF launched an appeal for US$122 million to support its humanitarian response for children and families affected by the storm and its aftermath, in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi over the next nine months.

 

 

Cyclone Idai in numbers (July 2019)*

  • 1.85 million people in need of humanitarian services
  • 1 million children in need of humanitarian services
  • Death toll: 603
  • Injured: 1,641
  • Affected provinces: Zambézia, Sofala, Manica, Tete and Inhambane (50 districts in total)
  • Number of children in need of assistance: 1 million
  • Houses destroyed: 223,947
  • People displaced: 160,927
  • Confirmed cholera cases: 6,768
  • Cholera deaths: 8
  • Crop damage: 715,378 ha
  • Classrooms affected: 3,504
  • Students affected: 335,132
  • Health facilities affected: 93

 

UNICEF Results (Cyclone Idai - July 2019)

  • 1,150,669 people reached with safe water
  • 628,045 people benefiting from sanitation, hygiene promotion activities, including point-of-use water treatment safe practices
  • 1,004,504 children under 15 vaccinated (OCV/Measles)
  • 735,589 children under-5 screened for acute malnutrition
  • 60,825 children accessing quality education
  • 13,518 children receiving psychosocial support through safe spaces
  • 871,814 people reached with key life saving and behavior change messages

 

Cyclone Kenneth in numbers (July 2019)*

  • 373 thousand people in need of humanitarian services
  • 200 thousand children in need of humanitarian services
  • Death toll: 45
  • Injured: 94
  • Affected provinces: Cabo Delgado (9 districts) and Nampula (5 districts)
  • Number of people in need of assistance: 286,282 (half are children)
  • Confirmed cholera cases: 282
  • Houses destroyed: 45,000
  • People displaced: 3,000
  • Crop damage: 55,488 ha
  • Classrooms affected: 473
  • Students affected: 41,046
  • Health facilities affected: 19

 

UNICEF Results (Cyclone Kenneth - July 2019)

  • 371,035 people reached with safe water
  • 191,300 people benefiting from sanitation, hygiene promotion activities, including point-of-use water treatment safe practices
  • 104,009 children under 15 vaccinated (OCV/Measles)
  • 24,685 children under-5 screened for acute malnutrition
  • 11,672 children accessing quality education
  • 207 children receiving psychosocial support through safe spaces
  • 115,962 people reached with key life saving and behavior change messages
Cerca de 368 mil crianças em risco em Moçambique após o segundo ciclone devastador
UNICEF/MOZA2019-0470/Wikus De Wet

Nearly 1.4 million children are at risk in Mozambique after two devastating cyclones. 

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