hit the southern African nation in March, causing loss of lives, devastation, displacement and extensive damage to infrastructure in some eight districts.
BEIRA, Mozambique -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today launched a joint voucher programme in Dondo district in Sofala province to address the essential food, hygiene, and household needs of vulnerable families affected by Cyclone Idai
, which left a trail of devastation across Mozambique in March 2019.
For example, cyclone Idai
showed just how fragile African coastal communities are.
was one of the worst weather-related disasters to ever hit the southern hemisphere, destroying homes and vast swathes of farming land.
Cela survient alors que le Zimbabwe est confronte a une crise alimentaire chronique, les recoltes ayant ete devastees par les effets de la secheresse, a la crise economique et de la puissante tempete du cyclone Idai
de categorie 3 qui avait balaye la zone en mars.
ravaged Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi, and is believed to be the costliest natural disaster in South-West Indian Ocean basin.
Rubble from houses and buildings litters the landscape from the remote northern province of Cabo Delgado to the central Sofala region, where the even stronger Cyclone Idai
destroyed hospitals, schools, roads and drinking wells.
caused damage to the port in Beira, which temporarily suspended the pumping of fuel and natural gas to Zimbabwe's Feruka Oil Refinery in the eastern city of Mutare.
The humanitarian emergency triggered by Idai
continues to unfold.
When Cyclone Idai
ripped through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe on the night of March 14, it wrought unimaginable devastation and claimed more than 1,000 lives.
Cyclone Kenneth crashed into the province of Cabo Delgado and flattened entire villages with winds of up to 280 kph (174 mph), killing around 45 people while Mozambique was still struggling to deal with the impact of Cyclone Idai
, which hammered the country's central region just six weeks earlier.
Tropical Cyclone Idai
, which rammed a destructive path from Beira in Mozambique to hamlets in Malawi and Zimbabwe, with cumulative losses now pegged at slightly over $2bn and affecting over 3m people, is forcing Africa to rethink how it will cushion its development priorities from the vagaries of the weather and associated climate change effects.