Southern African Emergency Response
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are currently responding to the damage caused when Tropical cyclone Idai hit various Southern African countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi from Thursday, 14 March 2019. In addition to assessing the damage caused by the cyclone, MSF is providing medical care and access to medical supplies to those in the most affected areas. More information within each country’s update, below.
MSF Southern Africa has dedicated a funding mechanism geared at raising funds for each country's need. Therefore, should you wish to donate towards this emergency, you are able to select which project/country your donation should be directed towards.
Kindly note: should Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reach their country-specific funding target, and/or reduce or alter the emergency response as a result of the assessments made, any surplus funds generated will be redirected to country’s operational envelope – meaning that MSF operations within the respective country will be able to utilise these funds in their ongoing operations.
Update: 12 April 2019
Mozambique: According to the Government of Mozambique, 602 people have been confirmed dead – data as at 8 April 2019
The number of houses destroyed or damaged stands at 239,682, including 111,163 houses totally destroyed, 112,735 partially destroyed, and 15,784 flooded. At least 160,927 people were still sheltering in 164 accommodation sites across Manica (43); Sofala (113); Tete (5) and Zambezia (3) as of 8 April according to government figures.
Malawi: 83,000 people are displaced overall. Nsanje is the worst affected district, with 14 of Malawi’s 28 districts experiencing severe flooding. Rivers broke out of their banks leaving many houses fully submerged and around 11,000 people displaced. To date, official figures confirm 56 deaths, 577 injured and 3 missing.
Zimbabwe: According to the Civil Protection Unit (CPU), more than 181 people died throughout the country (169 in Chimanimani only), more than 330 went missing (328 in Chimanimani) while about 21 940 were displaced in Zimbabwe (11 255 in Chimanamani).
Read the latest crisis info on the flooding catastrophe in Malawi and Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Update: 29 March 2019
- Flooding in Malawi has displaced 87,000 people in camps, with the district of Makhanga one of the worst affected areas, which remains an island, cut off from all road access.
- In Mozambique, Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc in the city of Beira, home to some 500,000 people, as well as in the surrounding districts of Manica and Sofala, where it has destroyed the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands more people.
- In Zimbabwe, the impact from the cyclone on the eastern highlands has been massive with nearly 22,000 people displaced and several bridges and roads have been washed away. Some communities reachable only by foot.
Update: 28 March 2019
- Two cargo planes landed in Beira on Wednesday, carrying the supplies needed to respond to a deadly outbreak of cholera
- More than 100 tons of supplies have been shipped over the last 5 days, including medical kits, medication, first aid equipment and water and sanitation kits
Update: 27 March 2019
- Mozambican authorities have advanced this morning that there is a cholera outbreak in Beira, Mozambique.
- MSF scales up response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique
Update: 26 March 2019
- A 35-person emergency-experienced disaster response team has been deployed in Beira, with additional teams to follow shortly.
- MSF teams are currently operating out of a partially rehabilitated health centre. An additional two health centres are being rehabilitated for medical use.
- Mobile clinics are currently operational in several Beira neighbourhoods, providing medical consultations.
- A shipment of 43.3 tons of medical kits, water and sanitation supplies, logistical equipment and other emergency response items have landed in Beria, Mozambique.
- MSF teams are providing consultations and medical supplies in the joint-stabilisation centre set up on the outskirts of Chimanimani.
- An MSF team is working with health ministry staff out of Chimanimani hospital.
- Two outreach teams operating in Chimanimani are attempting to access as many of the 20 health clinics and surrounding settlements as possible assessing health needs, and distributing medicines to clinics and village health workers.
- An MSF team of 18 people is supporting the health ministry to cover the needs of an estimated 18,000 people in Makhanga on the eastern bank of the Shire River, with health, sanitation and non-food-item supplies.
- In Makhanga health centre, MSF continues to ensure primary health care, HIV services and basic disease surveillance. We are currently seeing approximately 150 consultations per day.
- Outreach teams are visiting communities to clean and repair boreholes. In addition to this process, our teams are testing water quality, building basic latrines, showers, shelters and distributing NFI materials and hygiene kits. Our teams have reached over 2,000 households in Makhanga.
Tropical cyclone Idai hit the coastal town of Beira on 14 March 2019 with winds of up to 200kms an hour, wreaking extreme devastation along the central coastline of Sofala, Zambézia and Inhambane provinces. Ninety percent of the area around Beira has been destroyed, main roads leading into Beira have been cut off, buildings have been submerged and severely damaged and all business has been shut down. There is currently no power in Beira and the surrounding areas, and nearly all communication lines have been destroyed, which is making assessment of the human toll and scale of disaster extremely difficult. The official death toll has risen to 446 deaths and at least 1,500 injuries have been reported between Beira, Dondo and Chimoio cities.
As a result of the natural disaster, MSF’s medical activities in Beira hospital, including health centres, have been critically damaged. Beira hospital has sustained severe damage to its operating theatre and several of the wards, and all 17 health centres have lost their roofs with additional damage. Despite the damage, the hospital has treated more than 1,500 wounded patients – providing an indication of how serious this emergency is.
After several worrying days, we are relieved to report that all MSF staff have been accounted for, despite a few injuries reported.
“The first thing you see when you arrive is destruction – and a lot of water. We hear that the situation outside the town may be even worse, but in the limited time since we got here we’ve focused on trying to understand the situation and needs in this city, as there are some 500,000 inhabitants and most houses are damaged or destroyed." - Gert Verdonck, MSF emergency coordinator in Beira, Mozambique.
MSF has had operations in Mozambique since 1984, providing specialized care where the frail health system is struggling to curb a dual epidemic of HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Read more about our work in Mozambique by clicking here.
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To donate directly towards MSF's Mozambican emergency response, please ensure that you select "Mozambique Emergency Response" in the "project to support" section on the first page of the donation form. Donate online today by clicking here or alternatively, access our banking details for EFT and International donations.
MSF is focusing on supporting stabilisation centres outside Chimanimani with medical supplies and water and sanitation support.
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