Cyclone Idai swept across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 14, 2019, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing hundreds and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people. The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding, and more heavy rain is forecast. Delivery of food and clean water to those in need is critical.
The cyclone caused massive destruction to infrastructure, particularly in Beira, a city with more than 500,000 residents, and surrounding towns and villages. The entire area is without power. Major road networks have been completely blocked, airlifting supplies to Beira and isolated villages surrounded by flood waters is the only option.