Cyclone Idai - Southern Africa Emergency

750 lives lost and expected to rise above 1,000.

Donate now to our Cyclone Idai Appeal, and help us provide clean water which will save lives, medical supplies for the injured and food and other essentials for people who have lost everything.


Feedback from our team on the ground

Our presence has been largest in Beira, the city in Mozambique which was completely devastated by the cyclone – one aid worker estimated that 90% of the city has been completely destroyed.

Watch the video to learn more about our response to Cyclone Idai.

The Deadliest Cyclone of 2019 

750 lives lost and expected to rise above 1,000.

The deadliest cyclone of 2019 has devastated Mozambique, Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi, causing severe flooding, extreme damage to infrastructure and, tragically, the loss of 750 lives.

With many areas blocked and extremely flooded, the death toll is expected to rise above 1,000, according to Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi.

Penny Appeal South Africa are on the ground, supporting those most affected by Cyclone Idai.

Donate now to our Cyclone Idai Appeal, and help us provide clean water which will save lives, medical supplies for the injured and food and other essentials for people who have lost everything.

Cyclone Idai Appeal


 Cyclone Idai has left a devastating trail of havoc across Mozambique, with heavy rains and flooding reaching into neighbouring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi. Winds were reported to be up to 106mph, causing severe damage, flooding and the loss of at least 750 lives.

President Nyusi described seeing “bodies floating” in the water, calling Cyclone Idai “a humanitarian disaster of large proportions”.

Rescue crews have been working hard to help people down from trees and rooftops, where they have escaped from the flooding. Many are still trapped or injured, in immediate need of help and Cyclone Idai Relief.

The fourth largest city in Mozambique, Beira City, has been hit the hardest, with aid worker Jamie Le Sueur describing the scale of devastation as “enormous”, adding “It seems that 90% of the area is completely destroyed”.

Beira is home to over half a million people, who are in urgent need of our help.

Our teams from Penny Appeal South Africa are on the ground providing emergency food, water and essentials to people in Beira, Mozambique, as well as Zimbabwe and Malawi.

In the aftermath of this terrible disaster, we must respond with Cyclone Idai Relief, providing people with active compassion and practical care.

Donate now to our Emergency Cyclone Idai Appeal, and help those devastated by Cyclone Idai to survive and begin to re-build their lives.


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Cyclone Idai Relief – Long Term Response


The immediate effects of Cyclone Idai are heart-breaking, but there will also be a massive long term impact.

Cyclone Idai has destroyed almost the entire city of Beira in Mozambique, and has devastated many other areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Hundreds of thousands of people’s homes have been destroyed, alongside vital infrastructures like hospitals, water systems and roads. For example, a dam burst as a result of the cyclone and cut off the last road to Beira city.

Power supplies have been cut off in many places, so thousands of people are frantically trying to contact their friends and relatives, not even knowing if they are alive or not.

Crops and livestock have been destroyed, which could lead to long-term hunger and lack of access to clean water. 

We are providing emergency response with our Cyclone Idai Appeal, but people will also need our support in the long term to literally re-build homes, communities and whole cities.

Please help us provide emergency Cyclone Idai Relief, and offer a helping hand to people who have lost their homes, belongings and even loved ones.

Donate now, and save lives in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.


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