Type of emergency: Natural disaster

In early March 2019, heavy rains inundated Mozambique and Malawi, causing deadly floods. The storm soon developed into tropical Cyclone Idai, which made landfall near the port city of Beira and caused two major rivers to burst their banks, submerging entire villages and damaging houses. The hurricane has affected an estimated 1.8 million people in Mozambique alone, according to the United Nations. Hundreds of thousands more have been impacted in neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi, including health and education facilities.

Cyclone Idai swept through the region during the main harvest season, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, which will significantly impact food security in the months ahead. A cholera outbreak was also declared in Mozambique on 27 March, and we witnessed rising numbers of malaria cases.

More than a month after Cyclone Idai ravaged Mozambique’s center, a new deadly storm hit the country’s north, making landfall, destroying homes, and cutting power lines. Around 21,000 people were sheltering in accommodation centers, after their villages were wiped out. The cyclones displaced more than 3 million people in Mozambique, making it two of the deadliest storms on record in southern Africa.

Country at a glance

Mozambique is highly vulnerable to extreme climatic conditions. Two out of three people are living in coastal areas vulnerable to rapid-onset disasters such as cyclones, storms and flash floods. Although the southern and central regions are prone to drought, floods frequently occur along major river basins and in poorly drained urban settlements.

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Source: ReliefWeb via UNOCHA as of 11 April

Our response

At NRS Relief we activated our holistic ‘Rapid Response Strategy’ approach so that international organizations and local authorities can access the required emergency relief supplies as quickly as possible. Our colleague Charbel Matar, Business Development & Sales Manager for MENA and Africa, traveled to Africa to personally meet with key responders and learn more about the full-scale devastation and help assess the beneficiaries’ real needs.

As a trusted supplier of emergency shelters and core relief items, we aim to enable humanitarian organizations to efficiently receive and distribute vital aid to the affected communities. We believe it is our responsibility to share the message that quality means appropriate assistance and effective response.

Family and multipurpose tents spotted in camps

In a post shared by a client, we saw our Huggy 72 multipurpose tent in Beira being set up as a temporary school for children affected by Cyclone Idai. Designed to act as temporary schools in emergency situations, the tent’s high ceilings, oversized windows and great ventilation make it a great classroom.

We also spotted our Huggy 72 and Legend 45 multipurpose tents, supplied to our client Samaritan’s Purse, serving as emergency field hospitals for the displaced populations in Buzi:

In a separate video, we witnessed how our multipurpose tents are being used to serve as cholera treatment centers in Mozambique:

Video courtesy of TRT World on YouTube

Furthermore, the Viva family tents which we supplied to our client Emirates Red Crescent have arrived in Zimbabwe to serve as temporary homes for those affected by the mega storm.

Video courtesy of Emirates Red Crescent on Facebook

Note: This is a developing story. New data will be added on this page upon confirmation of new orders from our clients. If you wish to receive our stock report detailing the shelter and non-food items that are ready for immediate deployment, please contact As the goods will be mobilized, we will make sure to replenish our emergency warehouses and promptly accommodate the requirements of our customers worldwide.


ReliefWeb: Southern Africa: Tropical Cyclone Kenneth Flash Update No. 5 (29 April 2019)

Relief Web: Mozambique: Cyclone Idai & Floods Situation Report No. 8 (as of 9 April 2019)

Relief Web: Nearly one month after cyclone: Beira stirs while search for survivors continues in Zimbabwe

UN aid teams scramble to reach ‘most remote places’ cut off by Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique

Cyclone Kenneth: UN says Mozambique may need another huge aid effort

Mozambique – Tropical Cyclone Kenneth Leaves 38 Dead and 20,000 Displaced

ICRC: Cyclone Idai: Our response in Mozambique

Africa News: Cyclone Idai’s death toll hits 847, thousands need food, water and shelter

News 24: After cyclone ruin, back to square one for Mozambique’s Beira

NY Times: Mozambique’s Cyclone: Mapping the Destruction of Idai