Zimbabwe — Tropical Cyclone Idai Baseline Assessment - Round 7 (26 April - 13 May 2021)

DTM Zimbabwe, DTMZimbabwe@iom.int
Period Covered
Apr 26 2021 -
May 13 2021
  • Baseline Assessment
  • Mobility Tracking


Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Zimbabwe on 15 March 2019, the country experienced floods and sustained heavy rains caused by the weather system. Its aftermath left households and individuals in need of various things like shelter, WASH facilities, etc. The effects of Tropical Cyclone Idai were further compounded by the 2020-2021 rainfall season which was characterised by rainfall volumes which were above normal as well as the effects of one tropical storm and one cyclone. On the 30th of December 2020 Tropical Storm Chalane swept across the Manicaland, Midlands and Masvingo. Tropical Cyclone Eloise crossed into the South-Eastern parts of Zimbabwe on 23-24 January.
To gather comprehensive information on the needs of affected population, a Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Baseline (Round 7) was carried out between 26 April and 13 May 2021, with the support of 65 enumerators covering a total of 185 wards in 12 districts in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. This report presents descriptive analysis district profiles and summary statistics, including an analysis of sector-wide needs, such as shelter, health, non-food items, water, sanitation and education. A total of 247,068 individuals are still affected by recurrent natural disasters and within those, 41,535 are IDPs (58% female, 42% male) An estimated 11,502 homes are completely destroyed, while 37,134 homes are partially destroyed. In total, 9,233 households are reported to be in need of emergency shelter support, with 3,619 households having received emergency shelter support. One hundred and thirty five of the 185 wards assessed across the 12 districts were hosting IDPs. Furthermore, 10 wards in 4 districts recorded a total of 164 foreigners from Mozambique who were living there as a result of the cyclones. All of the wards assessed have damaged infrastructures, ranging from schools, health facilities, public buildings, bridges, boreholes, dip tanks and water springs.
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