Medical supplies bound for the Zambezia Province of Mozambique are staged at Direct Relief's warehouse in Santa Barbara, California, on Friday, March 22, 2019. Tropical cyclones develop over tropical or subtropical waters. Cyclone Idai is reported to be the deadliest storm system so far this year — and may be the worst disaster ever to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN. The cyclone reached category 3 intensity between 3am and 6am on the March 11 2019, while positioned at … It is estimated that almost 3 million people have been affected, with more than 1,000 deaths across the region and hundreds more missing. About an hour’s drive from Beira, Mozambique, where Cyclone Idai made landfall, 500 families receive household items they need to construct a shelter and set up housekeeping. Hundreds have been killed across three African countries: Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Environmental - The impact that Cyclone Tracy had on Darwin and the surrounding area's environment was catastrophic.

Rather, the impact is determined by the circumstances of the communities in the context of poverty and social inequalities. A cyclone is a spinning storm caused by a low-pressure area in the atmosphere. CYCLONE IDAI INTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMARY-MOZAMBIQUE 1/4 Initial Environmental Issues – Cyclone Idai Produced by Charles Kelly WWF Environment and Disaster Management Program Introduction This summary document provides key environmental issues arising from the passage of Cyclone Idai over Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Tropical cyclone Idai rapidly strengthened to a category 3 storm in the warm waters between Mozambique and Madagascar. Tropical Cyclone Idai has cut off the city of Beira, home to more than 500,000 people. The history of tropical cyclone Idai is documented in these records. The country’s farmers bore the brunt of the cyclone, with 63,000 acres of land destroyed, 23,000 animals killed, and homes flattened or flooded by the torrential winds and rains. The kits distributed by World Vision contain two tarpaulins, rope, three mosquito nets, a latrine cover, a 20-liter bucket and two five-liter buckets. Health Risks Rise in the Wake of Cyclone Idai Cyclone Idai was not the strongest storm to make landfall in Africa, but it may well turn out to be the deadliest. The air in a cyclone turns counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. Cyclone Idai Terrawatch: Cyclone Idai reveals secondary impact of climate change At least 180 people in Zimbabwe known to have been killed by landslides triggered by Idai The Cyclone Idai disaster took place in communities governed by power relations based on gender, and the impact also reflected these power relations.

Cyclone Idai is a good example of a low frequency but high impact extreme event. In March, Cyclone Idai ripped through Malawi in south eastern Africa, affecting over 840,000 people.

The Cyclone Idai disaster is a natural phenomenon, but its impact is not.