Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa 2019 | ActionAid UK

Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa 2019

Heavy rains after Cyclone Idai resulted in severe flooding in Mozambique.

Heavy rains caused by Cyclone Idai resulted in severe flooding in Mozambique.


What was ActionAid's response?

ActionAid's initial response included distributing food, blankets, water sterilising tablets, shelter, clothes, mosquito nets and sanitary protection for women and girls in the three countries.

Initial emergency response 

  • In Mozambique, ActionAid distributed sanitary kits, school books and established women-friendly spaces.
  • In Zimbabwe, ActionAid provided thousands of kilograms of food and cooking oil, distributed sanitary pads, underwear packs, towels and soap. 
  • In Malawi, ActionAid reached around 12,700 people with our initial rapid response. We worked with local women’s forums to ensure the protection of women and girls in evacuation camps, and distributing food, lamps, utensils, sleeping mats, soap and mosquito nets.

Long-term response:

  • In Mozambique, ActionAid is training women in farming to support their livelihoods and there are plans to distribute agricultural tools to 2,000 people. 
  • ActionAid has started to repair and rebuild schools and reconstruct shelters for affected people in all three countries. 





Page updated 27 March 2020