Cyclone Idai

Millions of Cyclone Idai victims face food shortages

Around two million people affected by Cyclone Idai are facing food shortages almost one year after the cyclone hit Mozambique, aid agencies say.

Cyclone Idai struck the coastline of Mozambique on 14 March 2019 and caused devastation and heavy loss of life.

Susanna Capital told Newsday that the flood wiped out her fruit farm, which was her source of income, and she is still struggling to find another way to feed her six children.

Listen to her interview:

The cyclone caused severe damage and loss of life in southern Africa

Cyclone Idai: one year on

It caused severe damage and loss of life in southern Africa
It’s been a year since Cyclone Idai devastated Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.  Aid agencies say in Mozambique alone, about 2 million people affected by the cyclone are now facing food shortages.  Aid worker Jonah Tendere works for the charity Voluntary Service Overseas in western Mozambique, from where he’s sent this audio diary.

(Photo: A woman carries firewood at a displacement camp in Manica Province in Mozambique. Credit: Luke Dray/Getty Images)

Food donations 'left to rot' in Zimbabwe

Image shows the aftermath of Cyclone Idai
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Cyclone Idai struck the coastline of Mozambique in March and caused widespread devastation

Thousands of dollars worth of food donations have been left to rot in warehouses in Zimbabwe, local media report.

Items including flour, sugar beans and corn were donated when Cyclone Idai devastated parts of southern Africa earlier this year.

But much of the donated food was never given to the victims of the disaster and it has since expired in storage, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

It is not clear why the donations were not passed on. Journalists attempted to visit the warehouses on Tuesday and found them to be locked.

"I believe it is an issue of inefficiency on the part of those responsible,” a local politician, Joshua Sacco, told The Herald.

Cyclone Idai struck the coastline of Mozambique on 14 March and caused devastation and heavy loss of life.

The UN says 1.7 million people in Mozambique lived in the path of the cyclone, with a further 920,000 people affected in Malawi and many thousands more in Zimbabwe.

400 children remain separated from families after Cyclone Idai

Some young children have only vague memories of their home communities
It's more than two months since Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, but at least 400 children are still separated from their families in the worst-affected province of Sofala.

The organisation "Save the Children"  says that some young children only have vague memories of their homes, making the painstaking process of reuniting families even more difficult.  

Chance Briggs is Country Director in Mozambique for Save the Children.

(Photo: A child in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Credit: AFP)

Mozambique village 'at risk of famine'

Famine is closing in on a village in the north of Mozambique, Radio Mocambique has said.

Droughts followed by Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth has affected about 1,000 farmers in the Tete province.

They say they are in need of seed to start the farming a new season of crops, which were mainly destroyed by combined floods and torrential rains.

Farmers standing amid destroyed crops
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Cyclone Kenneth: Destroyed roads left looking like waterfalls
Parts of Mozambique have been cut off barely a month after deadly Cyclone Idai hit the region.

Strong Cyclone Kenneth Makes landfall

Strong Cyclone Kenneth Makes landfall