Even before Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, at least 120,000 people were affected by the floods. Two provinces reported heavy rains by 10th of March 2019 that progressed into a cyclone. The major affected areas reported to date include Sofala, Zambezia, Tete and Niassa.
According to UN figures, more than 239,000 houses have been totally destroyed, partially destroyed or flooded and 1.85 million people are affected.
The death toll stands at 847 and the fight against cholera is the number one priority as cholera cases continue to rise.
A vaccination programme has reached more than half the target 900,000 people. The true extent of the crisis is still unfolding.
Oxfam and partners have been the first to reach some communities in areas that have received no help until now.
The Government authorities are leading the response and have pledged US$ 40 Million.
The government together with partners is providing humanitarian assistance to the affected population.
Oxfam is targeting 500,000 affected people - over a quarter of the 1.85 million affected. Of those, 128,000 are displaced and staying in around 140 sites. We aim to provide people with clean water, toilet facilities and food.
So far, Oxfam has trained 191 community 'activistas' to promote health information in communities. We have reached more than 10,000 people with safe clean water, built 58 toilets with more on the way and done water quality testing. We have also reached more than 37,000 people as part of a coalition and with a local partner with family kits and hygiene kits for women. On top of this, water purification has reached more than 32,000 people.
The heavy rains have destroyed roads in Zambézia and Beira province, limiting access and movement of people, food, and services. The water supply system in Chingodzi (Tete) and Beira has been damaged compromising access to safe water for communities. A total of 83,318 hectares of crops are now flooded affecting 54,853 farmers.
In Zambezia and Beira provines an estimated 550,000 people in the coastal region will be affected.
In Manica Province: 2,501 collapsed houses, 96 classrooms, 6 hospitals, 4 bridges and others not specified as of 18 March 2019. A total of 2,542 families have been affected and in temporary accommodation, this equals a total of 12,018 individuals.