Cyclones Hit
Image depicting Cyclones Hit Mozambique
Photo: WFP/Photolibrary
Six weeks after Cyclone Idai devasted Mozambique, Cyclone Kenneth brings torrential rain and forces thousands from their homes.
Photo: WFP/Photolibrary

WFP is rapidly scaling up operations to reach 2.7 million people affected by Idai. Now, Cyclone Kenneth is bringing a year’s worth of rain, disrupting aid efforts and endangering hundreds of thousands of people.


Monster Trucks

WFP deploys two amphibious vehicles, called Sherps, and drones to help deliver food to families who are cut off by flooding. Each truck can hold one ton of food and drive 370 miles on one tank of gas.

Photo: WFP/Nobuyoshi Kida

More Casualties

Thirty-eight people have died because of Cyclone Kenneth, 30,000 homes are destroyed and roads are under water. WFP begins distributing pre-positioned food to those it can reach. The storm is expected to drop twice as much rain as Cyclone Idai did.

Another storm hits

Just 40 days after Idai struck, Mozambique faces another tropical storm, Cyclone Kenneth, that's expected to cause flash floods and landslides. The U.S. gives another $3 million to relief efforts in neighboring Malawi, making it the largest donor to WFP's efforts there, totaling over $28 million in 2018/2019.

A Sad Anniversary

On the one-month anniversary of the cyclone's landfall, WFP reaches the 1 million mark for people assisted in Mozambique. It's scaling up to reach 700,000 more in the coming weeks.

Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

Floodwaters Begin to Recede

Food is scarce, and prices are rising rapidly. Tomatoes cost 4-5 times more than they did a week ago. In Mozambique, WFP has delivered food assistance to 547,800 cyclone victims so far and is working to reach 1.7 million in the hardest-hit provinces.

Cholera Outbreak

A major outbreak of cholera begins and the first cholera-related death is confirmed. Drones are used to locate high-risk areas. WFP sends 90 additional staff members to help, including emergency coordinators, nutritionists, logistics specialists and telecommunications experts.

Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

Devastation Spreads

An estimated 3 million people have been affected by flooding. Floodwaters have formed an "inland ocean," larger than New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Boston combined. In response, WFP has airlifted 66 tons of high-energy biscuits to people stranded by the storm.

Photo: WFP/Photolibrary

State of Emergency

The Mozambique government declares its first-ever state of emergency. The WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service provides the first of three helicopters: MI-8 transport helicopters will support rescue and relief operations.

Photo: WFP/Deborah Nguyen

Relief Efforts Begin

Twenty tons of food is flown into Mozambique from a WFP emergency response depot in Dubai. It includes high-energy biscuits and a peanut-based micro-nutrient rich paste to prevent and treat malnutrition.

Photo: AP/IFRC/Denis Onyodi


The storm is officially named Tropical Cyclone Idai and makes landfall near Beira, Mozambique, with winds exceeding 105 mph. 500,000 people across the three countries are forced from their homes.

Photo: IFRC/Denis Onyodi

Emergency Response: WFP in Action

Ongoing Relief Efforts

WFP is doing whatever it takes to reach people who are in desperate need of food and other lifesaving assistance.


WFP has airdropped High-Energy Biscuits (HEBs) to isolated pockets of people stranded by the floodwaters. The fortified biscuits are often used in emergencies because they are nutritious, easy to transport and do not need cooking.

Rapid Procurement

WFP conducted a rapid market assessment prior to the floods and found that stocks of grains, beans and oil were available nearby. WFP is now working quickly to source and obtain these foods from local and regional suppliers.

Photo: WFP/Deborah Nguyen
Logistics Support

As the leader of the humanitarian Logistics Cluster, WFP has deployed freight planes, specialized helicopters and all-terrain vehicles to deliver food, water, medicines, tents and humanitarian personnel to isolated areas.

Photo: WFP/Photolibrary

As leader of the emergency telecommunications for UN relief efforts, WFP experts have been working to re-establish vital networks brought down by the storm. These repaired communications lines can accelerate the response.

The World Food Programme is scaling up to reach more than 1.7 million people in Mozambique, 732,000 in Malawi and 270,000 people in Zimbabwe with food assistance, logistics and emergency telecommunications support.

Square photograph of Maria Detailed photograph of Maria
Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud


Maria Joao is 23 years old and has three daughters. Before the cyclone, she and her husband caught and sold fish. Now her family gets a warm meal from WFP at a school shelter.

Detailed photograph of Virginia
Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli


Virginia Jone is providing shelter to 12 of her family members. She just received enough rice, beans and cooking oil from WFP to last for two weeks.

Detailed photograph of Wonder & Shayne
Photo: WFP/Tatenda Macheka

Wonder & Shayne

Two friends, Wonder and Shayne, lost their homes to Idai. Now they both say they want to be WFP pilots when they grow up.

As of Today
Almost 3M people
are desperately in need of food assistance
WFP needs $148 million
for life-saving interventions over the next 3 months
Photo: AP/CARE/Josh Estey

Millions of people were barely beginning to put their lives back together when the second deadly storm struck.

Many roads are impassable, there is no electricity and crops are washed away or rotted.

More than 700,000 families live in Cyclone Kenneth’s path, and it’s predicted to dump up to 24 inches of rain over the next ten days.

YOU can help.

Related News Updates

Photo: WFP/Nobuyoshi Kida The Humanitarian Monster Truck

Mozambique has suffered two record-breaking cyclones in one month. WFP's amphibious vehicles help deliver food to stranded communities. See how.

Read more +
“We Are in a Desperate Situation”: WFP's David Beasley Calls for Support in Mozambique, Yemen and Venezuela

“We need $175 million just for the next three months to keep people alive,” says Beasley.

Read more +
Photo: WFP/Badre Bahaji Bram Mussa Rescued Over 100 People With a Single Canoe

“The water level rose up to our elbows. My husband and I were carrying our children in our arms...We were trapped."

Read more +