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Tropical Cyclone Idai hit eastern Zimbabwe with heavy rains and strong winds on 15-16 March.

Manicaland and Masvingo provinces are mostly impacted, facing massive destructing caused by floods and landslides. An estimated number of 12,500 to 15,000 people have been affected overall, with at least 9,600 people (1,600 households) in the hardest hit districts, Chimanimani and Chipinge (Manicaland province). As of 18 March at least 82 people have died, 200 people are injured, thousands are displaced, and many properties, crops and livestock have been damaged and destroyed. More than 200 people are still missing. Assessments are on going and numbers are likely to increase. Priority needs are shelter, WASH, food, livelihood, and health assistance.

Anticipated scope and scale

Zimbabwe's high levels of food insecurity are very likely to worsen due to lost crops and livestock, negatively impacting livelihoods in the medium and long term. An extension of the ongoing lean season is expected as high food needs are already immediate. Inadequate health and WASH facilities increase the risk of waterborne diseases' outbreaks. The ongoing economic crisis causing severe shortages limits people's coping capacity and the government's ability to holistically respond to the crisis.

Source: Assessment Capacities Project