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Cyclone Idai / Kenneth – Mozambique - 2019
Health, Humanitarian assistance, Water and Sanitation
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
A-05995-02, A-06004-02, A-05940-02, A-05940-03, A-05940-04, A-05940-05, A-05940-06, A-05940-07, A-05940-08
11 May 19
Micas Mondlane / Oxfam Novib
Micas Mondlane / Oxfam Novib
Salim Bakari (26) receiving hygiene items – buckets, Certeza water purification for water treatment and sanitary kits for his wife at the accommodation centre on Ibo island, northern Mozambique.
Salim Bakari, 26, husband with one child, jewellery maker:
"We got here and first went to the fort building to seek shelter from the cyclone. We stayed there for four days and were later told to move here (settlement for displaced families). My house is just 10 minutes from here, but I can’t return to stay there because everything was destroyed. My mother is the only one left there to watch over the little we have left. My wife, child and I come back here (IDP settlement) to sleep. In the morning, we go back to our house to finish the repairs."
"I don’t know when we will go back and I’m scared that another cyclone will come. If it does, I don’t know what I’ll do. I leave it to God and hope that help will continue coming."
"Before the cyclone, I used to make jewellery and sell to the tourists who come here. It was enough to take care of my family. But now, there are no more customers and even the few local customers here can no longer afford to buy."
"Today I managed to sell one of the pieces and got enough to buy fish that would last us for the next two days. We continue like that every day until things get better."
On 25th April 2019 just six weeks after Cyclone Idai, Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique. With winds up to 210 km/h, it is the strongest cyclone to ever hit the country. It’s the first time on record in Mozambique that two cyclones of such strength struck in the same season.
This part of the country isn’t often struck by powerful cyclones – so many would have been unprepared for Cyclone Kenneth’s impact. Many places are also experiencing heavy rainfall of up to 500 mm, which has led to severe flooding.
Over 700,000 people live in Cyclone Kenneth’s path, at least 370,000 people have been affected according to the government. Aerial assessments show how many villages were wiped out. The most affected districts are Quissanga, Macomia as well as Ibo, where up to 80 per cent of houses have been damaged or destroyed by the strong winds and flash floods.
Cabo Delgado is one of Mozambique’s poorest provinces. Many were already on the brink of poverty, and now they have lost their homes, livelihoods and even loved ones. Over 35,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, over 30,000 hectares of crops are affected, and at least 38 people have died, according to the government. Nearly 200 classrooms have been devastated, affecting more than 20,000 students.
According to local authorities, 38 people have died, and more than 35,000 homes have been fully or partially destroyed. The UN (OCHA) estimates 168,000 people are in need of humanitarian support according across the whole district (Ibo, Quirambo, Matemo and Quirimba), including many hard to reach areas with limited access and logistical constraints. One of the most impacted area is Ibo, a small island just off the coast of Cabo Delgado.
There has already been flash flooding in Pemba and Macomia, with potential risks for landslides and storm surges impacting the wider district of Cabo Delgado, making access to communities very difficult and complicating the operations further.
Ibo island was directly hit by Cyclone Kenneth on April 25th, and many families lost everything in the winds and flooding. Already a remote island, Oxfam, working with the COSACA Consortium with Save the Children and CARE, reached the community on Ibo by boat to bring emergency aid like clean water and sanitation. Families are rebuilding their homes, but are still vulnerable as organisations take lengthy measures to ensure aid can reach those living in the remote island.