Mozambique: Families rebuild their lives after Cyclone Idai

  • “I am thankful for these items which will help my family because I did not have anything to support my family. With this, I can temporarily support myself while I wait for my crops to be ready for harvest,” says 19-year-old Alberto Adao Simbarove.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Khatija Nxedlana
  • “I am very happy for the support. We suffered a lot. There are no places for us to buy products. We don’t even have adequate housing to stay in but we have received tarpaulins and other products. I’m very glad because what we have been given is expensive and no one has money here,” says Antonio Ingoia.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Khatija Nxedlana
  • “The floods damaged many things, houses and schools. It took our roofs. The water killed many people living near the river. This situation is bad for us.,” says 21-year-old Noe Samuel Mazemba from Estaquinha in Mozambique.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Khatija Nxedlana
  • “We are happy to receive this assistance from the Red Cross which is helping us. Many of us are handicapped,” says Jose Manuel Felipe.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Khatija Nxedlana
23 April 2019

"We suffered a lot," says Antonio Ingoia from Estaquinha, Buzi district in Mozambique. Antonio is one of the thousands of people affected by Cyclone Idai, which made landfall in Mozambique in March 2019. The resulting floods, left in the wake of Cyclone Idai, also had devastating effects on neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi. Families were left mourning the loss of relatives, while many others were left homeless and picking up the pieces after their homes and personal belongings were washed away.

"I am thankful for having these items which will help my family because I did not have anything to support my family. With this, I can temporarily support myself while I wait for my crops to be ready for harvest," says 19-year-old Alberto Adao Simbarove.

The ICRC and Mozambican Red Cross Society (CVM) started distributing much needed emergency supplies in a bid to help families. We distributed tarpaulins, blankets and kitchen sets. We coordinated with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that these communities also received rice, cooking oil, high-energy biscuits and other food items. The supplies provided helped them create a roof over their heads. The food distributed will be useful in the coming months.

These ICRC and CVM activities are part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent response to the impact of Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa.