Cyclone Idai: Worrying plight of displaced people 

Source: Cyclone Idai: Worrying plight of displaced people – The Standard April 21, 2019


THE International Organisation of Migration (IOM) says Chipinge recorded the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of 36 347 by Cyclone Idai, which left over 340 dead, 175 injured and 257 missing.

IOM said overall over 270 000 people were affected by the cyclone, especially in the Chipinge and Chimanimani.

In their baseline assessment report on four districts affected by the cyclone from March 29 to April 7, and in conjunction with government, United Nations Women and Caritas Zimbabwe, IOM said the affected people’s main needs were food and shelter. The survey looked at the affected areas of Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutare and Buhera.

“In the majority of the wards that were assessed, food and shelter were identified as the main needs, and in 11 wards water was identified as the main need,” read the IOM report.

“The baseline assessment report shows that 59 125 internally displaced persons were reported across the four affected districts,” the report said.

“The largest number of IDPs were identified in Chipinge (36 347 IDPs), followed by Chimanimani (14 016), Buhera (4 469 IDPs) and Mutare (4 293 IDPs).”

They said the majority of IDPs (96%) were living in host communities, while a small number (4%) of the IDP population is currently residing in collective centres or camp-like settings, most of which are located in Chimanimani district.

“Chimanimani district remains the worst affected by the cyclone with almost all of its population being affected in some way by the cyclone,” the report said.

“The majority of IDPs [98% identified in these four districts] were displaced by Cyclone Idai. Two percent were displaced by manmade disasters, prior to Cyclone Idai.”