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Cyclone Appeal in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique are facing severe drought, with the poorest areas facing emergency levels of hunger.

This area of the world is recovering from two major cyclones that hit the region in March and April, 2019. Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth killed hundreds of people, destroyed homes and farmland in many areas, and displaced thousands.

Oxfam and local partners have been responding since the cyclones to provide communities with clean water, food assistance and hygiene kits and to date have helped over 300,000 people.

You can help us to get vital aid to the areas affected and save lives.

Please donate to our emergency response now.

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Last updated: 10/01/2020

What happened?


Mozambique was the worst affected country, with the city of Beira almost completely submerged by water

Over 60,000 people were displaced. They had to live in temporary shelters where there was large concern over access to clean water. 

Across Mozambique 1.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Early on in the response there was a cholera outbreak resulting in over 6,000 cases of cholera. Fortunately humanitarian organisations were able to bring the outbreak under control. 

Many people are still in need of life saving assistance but recovery and rehabilitation of communities has begun.


In Malawi 922,000 people were affected by the cyclone and 125,000 people were left homeless in the south of the country. 

Malawi had already been suffering from drought prior to the cyclone. 


Finally in Zimbabwe, although the impact was not as significant as in Mozambique and Malawi, thousands are in need of humanitarian assistance, particularly in the south of the country in Chimanimani.

You can help us to get vital aid to the areas affected and save lives.

Please donate to our Cyclone response now.

Donate now 

Last updated: 05/08/19

Our response

In Mozambique

We have provided 302,000 people with humanitarian assistance. Our focus has been on helping some of the most vulnerable such as those displaced from Beira city and across Sofala province. 

Oxfam's main focus has been on ensuring people have safe and clean water and toilets. This has included water trucking, fixing water sources and providing lifesaver cubes. We have given particular focus on areas that had cholera or are at risk of disease outbreaks. 

Oxfam is now looking at rebuilding people's lives with livelihoods support such as providing training, seeds and tools.

In Malawi and Zimbabwe 

Oxfam has provided communities with clean water and hygiene items but also food assistance.


Maria Nazombe say they have no home, they have no food and behind is a house they would like to rebuild but they do not have plastic sheets and grass to finish it.

Tavwana Chirwa / Oxfam

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