Cyclone Idai Updates

March 18, 2019


The flooding caused by the Tropical Cyclone Idai weather system since 15 March caused destruction in Zimbabwe. Rains have begun to dissipate in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces.
UNDP, as part of the joint UN team, immediately deployed to the affected areas to assess the extent of the devastation on people, livelihoods and infrastructure. The rapid assessment report will inform immediate response and rapid deployment of assistance and start early recovery work.
24 March 2019
Preliminary findings show that an estimated 250,000 people have been impacted.  It is also estimated 37 per cent (121,000 people) of the rural population in Chipinge district require urgent food assistance, while 77 per cent (114,000 people) are in need of food assistance in Chimanimani. At least 35,000 households - with over 120,000 women and over 60,000 children - are in urgent need of protection interventions in the two assessed districts (Chimanimani and Chipinge). An estimated additional 100,000 children are in need of welfare and civil registration services in nine districts.
Infrastructure has sustained significant damage. Some 95 per cent of the road networks in the affected areas have been damaged.  In addition, some 48 schools, 18 water points and 10 bridges have been damaged or destroyed.   Manyera dam wall in Vumba has reportedly weakened and increased community awareness is required. At least 200 poles have been washed away along the Chipinge to Chimanimani electricity line, leaving many people without power.
 Search and rescue operations are continuing, with active operations still underway. Efforts are being made to recover bodies that were trapped under mudslides and rubble. However, progress has been slow due to the difficult weather conditions. Command centres have been established for people rescued.
22 March 2019
Confirmed deaths have risen to 139 people, with 189 still missing. At least 16,0000 households have been displaced. Access to clean water remains a challenge. 1,100 shelters for 3,209 households at Tongogara Refugee camp have been completely or partially destroyed..
Helicopter rescue operations contnue and police sub-aqua units have deployed. Relief trucks carrying shelter, non-food items and WASH supplies have arrived and distribution is underway.
21 March 2019
Households in Chipinge depended on livestock (small scale dairy) as a key income-generating activity from an estimated 100,000 herd of cattle, 200,000 goats and 60,000 sheep.  A significant percentage has lost their herds. All the districts' 73 dip tanks were flooded. Tickborne disease is a threat to those that survived.
20 March 2019
Most livelihoods activities in the region have been disrupted. Of the assessed areas so far, over 1,500 ha of irrigation schemes have been affected. Crops have been submerged. Infrastructure including weirs and canals have been silted, boreholes submerged and irrigation equipment swept away.
19 March 2019
At least 102 deaths and over 200 injuries have been reported, mainly in Chimanimani, and 217 people are reportedly still missing. These figures are expected to rise in the days ahead as the full extent of the damage and loss of life becomes known.
Chimanimani and Chipinge remain the hardest-hit districts, with access still problematic, especially in Chimanimani. Crops and livestock have been destroyed in both districts, which were already facing crisis levels of food insecurity. Power supply and communications are disrupted in affected areas. Water supply infrastructure has also been damaged and Chipinge town is without access to clean water.