Photo Credit: Medair Image changed to protect woman's identity

Kiwi relief pilot with Mercy Air, Dan Yeoman, told this story following Cyclone Idai.

“A grandmother I helped spent three days and two nights up a tree holding on for dear life. She watched as other members of her family succumbed to fatigue and fell into the flood waters never to be seen again. Mozambicans are incredibly strong, resilient people, but Cyclone Idai was brutal.” 

Almost 2 million people were affected by the cyclones and floods.

  • 2,000,000

    Over 2 million people in need of urgent food and nutritional support.

  • 240,000

    240,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed.

  • 600

    There were more than 600 cyclone and flood-related deaths.

How you have helped

You've helped Tearfund’s Integral Alliance partner to provide immediate assistance to 11,000 children and their families who have been directly affected by the cyclones in Mozambique. Thank you!

Your donation helped us:

  • Deliver emergency food to flood affected survivors. 
  • Deliver blankets and temporary shelter.
  • Give access to safe drinking water to parents and children in desperate need.

Tearfund’s partners in Mozambique have been distributing emergency food rations and hygiene kits to cyclone-affected households. Your donation has helped them respond quickly and effectively.


Mozambique Cyclones Fast Facts:

  • Almost 2 million people in need. 
  • More than 600 cyclone and flood-related deaths.
  • 240,000 houses were damaged or destroyed.
  • An estimated 1.7 million people were in need of urgent food and nutritional support.
  • 13% of Mozambique’s total agricultural land has been damaged.
  • Nearly 15,000 reported cases of Malaria.
  • Over 6,500 cases of cholera. 

“I am so cold, I cannot sleep at night. The water washed away everything and we don’t have blankets anymore. When I opened your bag and saw the blankets, I hugged my wife, saying: ‘We can finally have a warm sleep tonight’.”

Antonio Zeca, 75 years old


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

Beira City, Mozambique, completely flooded after 2019 Cyclone Idai

Photo credit: Food for the Hungry

Prayer Points:

  • Please pray for the long term recovery of Mozambique.
  • Heavy flooding has devastated crops and hundreds of thousands of people have been without food, shelter and warmth. Please pray that Tearfund's response will continue to provide for those we are helping with the generosity of supporters. 
  • Please pray for those who have lost relatives, friends, livelihoods, and homes because of the Mozambique cyclones. 

Tearfund will respond 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.


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.

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.