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Mozambique - Situation report May 2019

Mozambique - Situation report May 2019
May 2019

Overview

  • On 14 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near the port city of Beira before sweeping through five provinces – Inhambane, Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia – decimating livelihoods and leaving a trail of death, destruction and damage in its wake.
  • An estimated 1.85 million people are in need of urgent assistance. As of 27 May, 603 deaths had been recorded and more than 400 000 people had been displaced.
  • Prior to Idai, the floods that preceded and followed it, as well as a second cyclone – Kenneth – that arrived just one month later in the north of the country, an estimated 1.78 million people were already severely food insecure in Mozambique, according to Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) analysis and the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN).
  • The latest IPC analysis is currently being carried out and results should be issued in June. FAO has conducted extensive early and post-disaster needs assessments across the central provinces, to measure the extent of the damage to productive, agricultural and fisheries infrastructure and assets. To support the resilience of affected households, FAO continues to deliver agricultural inputs to ease immediate food and nutrition needs, ensure the main winter harvest is not missed and diversify livelihoods to promote recovery and build resilience to future shocks.
  • FAO is seeking an initial USD 19 million to rebuild critical agricultural and fisheries infrastructure, resume local food production and support livestock owners. So far, USD 15.45 million has been raised, leaving a gap of USD 3.55 million.

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