Context: Cyclone
Start date: 15/03/2019
End date: ongoing
Areas of intervention: Sofala province

Area inhabited by an estimated 1.6 million people
140,000 people already affected and 17,000 displaced people
Winds of up to 200 km/h and storm surge of 3 to 5m


Cyclone Idai

Publication date: Mar 15, 2019 12:20 PM
Last modication date: Mar 20, 2019 05:08 PM
2019 - Ongoing
After a powerful tropical storm made landfall in Mozambique in the night between 14 and 15 March, TSF teams deploy to the coastal area of Beira to provide communication means to the affected population.


In the night between 14 and 15 March 2019, Cycone Idai hit Mozambique’s costal region bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the provinces of Zambezia, Sofala, Manica and Inhambane. The cyclone made landfall in the area of Beira, fourth largest city in the country. An estimated 1.6 million people could be affected.

According to the latest news, the city of Beira is flooded and the telecommunication infrastructure has been severely damaged. There is no electricity, and telephone and internet communications are cut off in the area.

Idai reached the cost at category 3 (Intense Tropical Cyclone) with winds of up to 200 km/h and storm surge of 3 to 5m. By many experts it is considered the strongest cyclone to make landfall in Mozambique since Tropical Cyclone Eline, which struck Mozambique in February 2000.

In Mozambique alone, floodings caused by the Tropical Cyclone have already affected over 140,000 people, causing 66 deaths and 111 injuries and forcing over 17,000 people to leave their homes in Zambezia and Tete. The affected area is particularly important for the country. About 40% of Mozambique’s population is estimated to live near the cost and 25% nation's gross domestic product comes from the coastal zone.  


TSF has been monitoring the situation in the area since the formation of the cyclone in early March. Due to its high intensity, our team deployed from our Headquarters a few hours after the impact to provide communication means to the affected population.