Between 4 - 15 March 2019, Mozambique was affected by the passage of Tropical Cyclone Idai. With a death toll of 602 people in Mozambique and hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar, it is considered one of the most damaging and deadliest tropical cyclones ever recorded in the South West Indian Ocean basin.
The cyclone made two landfalls in Mozambique, at varying levels of intensity. It first arrived as a tropical depression on the 4th of March, bringing heavy rains for a week to Zambezia province, before looping back into the South West Indian Ocean basin, where it quickly picked up in intensity, reaching Tropical Cyclone status on the 11th of March.
At 23:30 UTC on the 14th of March, Cyclone Idai made a second landfall in Mozambique as a category 2 cyclone, arriving close to Beira city in central Sofala province. On the 15th of March at 00:00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 25 km north-west of the centre of Beira. It reached maximum sustained winds of up to 167 km/h and an estimated storm surge of 2.5m.3 Throughout the next day, it passed through Sofala and Manica provinces, bringing strong winds and rain before reaching eastern Zimbabwe on the 16th of March