Cyclone Idai: On the ground

Logistics Cluster assessment team deployed to Mozambique
16 March 2019

On the evening of Thursday 14 March, Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Idai tore through Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city, bringing destructive wind speeds of 224 km per hour, heavy rainfall and widespread devastation. The country's National Disaster Management Agency (INGC) estimate more than 600,000 will be impacted. 

Given the extent of flooding and the cyclone's expected impact, a scale-up of inter-agency coordination for logistics activities may be required to respond to identified gaps and to ensure the delivery of life-saving relief items. 

The Logistics Cluster is following the situation closely, deploying an assessment team (Logistics Coordinator and an Information Management Officer) to the southern African nation the day after the cyclone made landfall.

The team of two is working round-the-clock, collecting the latest logistics information and assessing the need for coordination and common logistics services in the north and central parts of the country.

 

We’ll continue to post updates across the website and our social media channels as more information comes in. Latest access constraint maps and situation updates can be found on our Mozambique country page.

Working on the response and like more information? Please email hq_im_rome@wfp.org.