Beira City, Mozambique, completely flooded after 2019 Cyclone Idai
A woman takes a nap outside a damaged school in Beira, Mozambique. There are roughly 200 families seeking refuge here after Cyclone Idai struck- 2019

Photo credit: Food for the Hungry

Fast Facts:

  • With wind speeds of up to 194km per hour, an estimated 1.7 million people were in the path of the record-breaking cyclone in Mozambique (World Food Program).
  • Beira city absorbed the full force of the cyclone and has experienced wide-spread damage. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, and health and education facilities have been severely damaged.
  • Heavy flooding has devastated crops and thousands of people remain stranded, with rescue workers struggling to gain access to heavily affected areas where the waters have risen to above tree-top level.
  • Our Integral Alliance partner is working in the worst-hit city of Beira which is entirely covered by water.

  • 194 km/hr

    Wind speeds reached up to 194km per hour at the peak of the storm

  • 300%

    Food prices have reportedly risen by 300% in Beira, the city hit worst by the storm

  • 1,700,000

    More than 1,700,000 people were in the path of Cyclone Idai on 14th March

How you can help

You can help Tearfund’s Integral Alliance partner to provide immediate assistance to 11,000 children and their families who have been directly affected by Cyclone Idai.

Your donation will help us:

  • Deliver emergency food to flood affected survivors. 
  • Provide medical necessities to families at high risk to disease.
  • Give access to safe drinking water to parents and children in desperate need.

Please help us to respond quickly through our partner on the ground by donating today.


“The cyclone has brought total devastation to Mozambique. It’s hard to believe—the entire city of Beira is underwater and there’s almost nowhere to land.”

Shep Owen, Food for the Hungry


If funds raised exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, your gift will go to our General Disaster Fund for future disaster response and preparedness.

Tearfund is responding to the crisis as a member of the Integral Alliance

Photo Credit: Food for the Hungry

Meet Ana.

Ana, 42, has five children. Her husband died in 2008, leaving her with very little. She sells bananas to keep herself and her kids fed. When the cyclone hit, the banana crop was destroyed, leaving her without an income. As for her home, she says that it was destroyed in the second wave of the cyclone. “When it hit the second time, the home started to fall down, so we ran! The entire house collapsed. We lost everything. All around us, everything was destroyed. We were afraid for our lives, but mostly I was terrified for my children. When we have food, I prefer to give it to them. I am hungry.”

Help support families like Ana's during this time of desperate need.

For over 40 years, Tearfund has responded to numerous disasters around the world including the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
We work through a network of disaster responders called the Integral Alliance to help alleviate suffering in the wake of disasters and help in disaster recovery.


If funds raised exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, your gift will go to our General Disaster Fund for future disaster response and preparedness.