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Your donation will be used to provide life-saving support to children and families who have been affected by Cyclone Idai. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent for this appeal, any additional funds will be spent wherever the need is greatest.

Shipment of tarpaulin, Mozambique

Cyclone Kenneth


On 25 April 2019, Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique, the second cyclone to hit the country in just over a month.

Cyclone Kenneth is estimated to bring heavy rainfall, with flash flooding and landslides. Tens of thousands of people have already been evacuated from high risk areas, and there have been reports of death and injury in the affected areas. Our staff are still on the ground, supporting communities as they rebuild in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai which ravaged the area in March 2019. We will be closely monitoring the impact of Cyclone Kenneth as it unfolds.

A mother and child living in a school which is being used as a shelter in Mozambique
A mother and child living in a school which is being used as a shelter in Mozambique.

An update from Beira, Mozambique

People’s property, food and livelihoods have been swept away. They are worried about how they are going to survive, how they are going to get their lives back.

Gerald Magashi, Director of Operations for Plan International Mozambique, describes the situation in Beira in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.

A rapid needs assessment at a damaged home in Mozambique
Our team carry out a rapid needs assessment at a damaged home in Mozambique


In Mozambique the death toll has risen to 202, but could rise to hundreds or thousands as the full extent of the disaster becomes known. At least 600,000 people are affected across five provinces.

“Emergencies often cause already fragile water and sanitation systems to break down or become damaged. [They] put girls and young women in particular in a very vulnerable situation. Also, lack of access to clean water increases the likelihood of an outbreak of waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera,” says Anne C Hoff, Country Director for Plan International Mozambique.

A mother and her child at a temporary shelter after the cyclone in Malawi
A mother and her child at a temporary shelter after the cyclone in Malawi


Heavy, non-stop rain in early March had already severely affected most parts of the Southern Region of Malawi. Cyclone Idai is now known to have caused hundreds of deaths and thousands of children and girls are in need of emergency shelter and aid.

“We will start responding in Mulanje district by providing lifesaving needs in the priority sectors of food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and shelter," says Daniel Muchena, Country Director of Plan International Malawi.

Munashe, 14, on her way to collect water for her family
Munashe, 14, on her way to collect water for her family


In Zimbabwe, more than a hundred people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced across the affected region. Eight bridges have been destroyed in the Chimanimani district, making the area inaccessible by road.

“Our immediate concern is for the women and children who are now cut off from assistance due to the damage affecting most roads, making it impossible to travel. The heavy rains continue to pound the affected areas putting them at higher risk," says Angela Muriithi, Country Director of Plan International Zimbabwe.


Thanks to your support so far:

1,654 households

in Malawi have chlorine for treating water, to reduce the risk of water borne diseases
Water illustration

Over 500 households

have food and safe drinking water in Zimbabwe

Over 2,000 people

over half of them children, have safe shelter in our accommodation centres in Mozambique
Women receive Plan International WASH kits in Malawi
Women receive Plan International water, sanitation and hygiene kits in Malawi

Our response on the ground

Our colleagues are co-ordinating closely with the national governments, partners and other humanitarian organisations in all three countries to ensure we identify and address the needs of families affected by this disaster.

We are focusing on the safety, security and needs of children, especially girls and young women – including expectant and breastfeeding mothers – and our team will work to ensure those affected get the life-saving support they need.

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