A Look Back: Mozambique Cyclones

One year ago, two powerful back-to-back tropical cyclones made landfall in Mozambique. The effects were devastating: hundreds of people killed, neighborhoods and crops destroyed, and more than two million people in need of aid. We take a look back on the pivotal moments of USAID’s disaster response with the people who worked on the front lines, and introduce you to one family who did not let Mother Nature defeat them.

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Residents stand on rooftops in a flooded area of Buzi, central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019, after Cyclone Idai struck. Photo credit: Adrien Barbier / AFP
VIDEO: Click play to see the paths of Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth

USAID Hits the Ground Running

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After Cyclone Idai hit, USAID immediately deployed a DART to Mozambique. The team conducted aerial assessments of Beira & Chimoio, two areas in Mozambique that were hardest hit by Cyclone Idai, and met with UN & NGO partners, as well as members of government and beneficiaries. Over the course of the response, USAID airlifted more than 823 metric tons of supplies. Photo credits: USAID/OFDA
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As the DART Information Officer, Olivia Nesbit traveled to areas affected by the cyclones in order to gather information about the cyclone’s impact and humanitarian needs. Photo credits: USAID/OFDA
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Sureka Khandagle is USAID’s senior regional advisor for western and southern Africa is based in Senegal. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg / U.S. Air Force

Airlifting Aid to Affected Communities

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Relief items, like plastic sheeting, blankets, and kitchen sets are taken from the USAID warehouse in Pisa and loaded onto a USAID-chartered plane. In total, USAID chartered eight planes to deliver aid to Mozambique. Photo credits: USAID/OFDA
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On March 27, the U.S. military deployed two C-130 aircraft and a C-12 aircraft along with more than 100 military personnel support the USAID-led disaster response in Mozambique. Two C-17 aircraft from U.S. Transportation Command provided additional airlift support. Photo credits: U.S. Department of Defense

One Year Later: “Life begins where there is hope”

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Rosa’s five children range in age from 3 to 17. The older children, not pictured, attend school in the nearby community. Photo credit: IOM
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Rosa learned to garden from her father. “Before the cyclone we lived in Macurunga, a city, we did not have space to plant, houses there were close together.,” Rosa said. “Here in Mandruzi we have more space. We are growing tomatoes, passion fruit, bananas, pumpkins, potatoes, lettuce, and manioc.” Photo credit: IOM

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