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DEC appeal for Cyclone Idai has raised £41m so far

DEC appeal for Cyclone Idai has raised £41m so far

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s fundraising appeal following Cyclone Idai’s destructive impact has raised £41 million in the four months since the cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, killing over 900 people and leaving around 3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. 

The damage was compounded just weeks later when Cyclone Kenneth followed.

The Disasters Emergency Committee () launched its emergency appeal on 21 March 2019. Since then, the 14 member charities of the have been working as part of a co-ordinated international response to deliver urgent aid such as food and shelter and to halt the spread of water-borne disease. 


Infographic showing the 14 members of the DEC

The 14 charity members of the Disasters Emergency Committee.


Ongoing needs

More funding is needed, and the DEC appeal remains open for donations.

The UN announced in its Response Plan that $441 million is required for Mozambique, of which $282 million is needed for the Cyclone Idai response. Only approximately 40% of the total has been funded, according to the DEC.


Advert promoting the DEC Cyclone Idai appeal - photo: CARE/Josh Estey

Advert promoting the DEC Cyclone Idai appeal – photo: CARE/Josh Estey


At the same time the response has achieved clear successes, not least in the fight against cholera. Following the cyclone there was a high risk of a cholera epidemic in Mozambique, with 6,768 cases and 8 deaths reported from 27 March, but no new cases have been reported since 30 May. The combination of an effective national vaccination programme and hygiene education mobilised by agencies including DEC member charities, has now reduced the risk of cholera to pre-cyclone levels.

The DEC appeal total of £41 million includes £4m through the UK Aid Match.

DEC-funded activities will continue until March 2021.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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