Tropical Cyclone Idai


The national meteorological authorities (INAM) issued an alert on 9 March 2019 on the Tropical Depression active in Mozambique channel that was moving towards the coastal areas of Zambézia and Sofala and was to intensify in the next 24 hours to severe Tropical storm stage (wind speed 89-118 km/h).

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of 14 to 15 March 2019 near Beira City, Sofala Province, in central Mozambique. The cyclone brought torrential rains and winds to Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Inhambane provinces.

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth


On 23 April, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth formed north of Madagascar and east of the Aldabra Atoll, north of the Mozambique Channel. Its path is expected to pass over the northern tip of the Comoros islands on 24 April and continue onward to northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania. It is expected to make landfall in the district of Palma in Mozambique on 25 April…The Global Disaster Alert Coordination System (GDACS) has issued an orange alert for the Cyclone, meaning a medium humanitarian impact is expected based on the storm strength and its forecasted path.

Rotary Action

Disaster Response Grant (DR1)

District 9400 NPC, was successful in securing the first Disaster Response Grant (DR1) The award amount is $25,000 and will be used for the following specific purpose:
$15,000 To purchase Squirt water filters
$10,000 To purchase and distribute medical supplies
Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make this happen.

Dear DG Charles and PDG Grant,

Just wanted to send a note of congratulations for your timely and effective response to the Mozambique cyclone.  When we were in Evanston a few weeks ago, we heard that your application was the FIRST to be received by TRF and the FIRST to be approved for a new disaster response grant of $25,000.  Congratulations!  I was pleased to hear that your grant application had been turned around so quickly so that you can begin work immediately; I imagine no time can be wasted in these circumstances.

Wishing you all the best as you celebrate your district’s many achievements this Rotary year.  Thank you for being humanitarian partners through The Rotary Foundation, and hope to see you both soon.

Elizabeth Lamberti

Senior Major Gifts Officer | Foundation Services

Directed Gift

The Rotary Foundation has again come to the rescue in Southern Africa and D9400 is selected as the custodians of the funds. A benevolent donor has presented a  Directed Gift of $100,000 to D9400.

The gift will be used as a Global Grant to assist the beleaguered Mozambicans who have suffered the effects of cyclone Idai. The objective is to include an International Rotary club or District to partner with D9400 to make a difference in Mozambique. Approaches have been made to Canada and to Germany for partners. Any club or District may contact our NPC Chair Past District Governor Grant Daly (npcchair [at] or District Governor Charles Deiner (dg [at] should they wish to partner with D9400

The district leadership has put together a Disaster Committee that includes Rotarians from Mozambique. An online meeting was conducted on Tuesday to get everyone to work as a team and determine what the pressing need is in Mozambique. All stakeholders will be consulted to determine the communities needs. As the project will take place in D9210 the leadership and senior leaders will also be consulted.

Contributions Received

ContributorContribution ContributorContribution
Ann Lake PublicationsR2,000.00RC Middelburg CycadR10,000.00
Geoff & Cheryl HavengaR500.00RC Northcliff R10,000.00
RC Benoni AuroraR10,000.00RC Pietersburg 100 R50,000.00
RC Benoni van RynR2,000.00RC PolokwaneR50,000.00
RC CenturionR1,000.00RC Pretoria CapitalR13,500.00
RC EdenvaleR5,000.00RC Pretoria EastR1,850.00
RC Ermelo PhoenixR5,000.00RC Riverside R5,000.00
RC HaenertsburgR2,000.00RC RosebankR5,000.00
RC Johannesburg New DawnR10,000.00RC VanderbijlparkR5,000.00
RC Knights PendragonR10,000.00RC VereenigingR1,000.00
RC KrugersdorpR15,000.00RC White River R30,000.00
RC Malkerns ValleyR20,000.00RC WitbankR11,000.00
RC Mbuluzi Mbabane to PolonaR25,000.00Rtn C QuallyR500.00
RC Meyerton/Henley on KlipR1,000.00Rtn WayneR2,000.00
RC Johannesburg EastR500.00UnknownR1,000.00
RC MiddelburgR12,000.00
Total ReceivedR333,850.00
Less: Polana bottlesR25,000.00
Less: Provision TransportationR27,423.00
Total AvailableR281,427.00

Goods Donated

Below are some of the goods donated by various organizations and Rotary Club. This is by no means a conclusive list.

Club / Person


FB Link

POAF10,000 mosquito nets, and Hlokomela another 15,000. 12,500 earmarked for Kingsley Holgate to distribute@theprincessofafricafoundation
RC Fourways Main Reef1670 Blankets@fourwaysmainreef
RC Johannesburg20 Boxes Watermaker Sachets (4000,000Lt purified water)@RoCJHB
RC Malkerns ValleyClothes and water 
RC ManziniClothing@rotaryclubofmanzini
RC Pietersburg 100Food Packets and Shoes / Donation@rotarypbg100
RC White RiverWater Purification Sachets / Aircraft fuel@rotarywhiteriver
Sandton Holiday InnLinnen and beds organized by PDGA Sylvia Knoop 

District 9370

Information from Rotary District 9370 and their support efforts

Many Rotarians are very concerned about the crisis in Mozambique and I would like to give you an update as to what our District is doing with regard to the Cyclone Idai and the massive destruction it has caused. The Rotary Club of Ballito responded immediately when the Cyclone struck and set up a special account to offer relief. Due to their close links with our friends in Mozambique, I realised that it would expediate things if one Rotary Club handled the crisis rather than set up a District Fund. I am in close contact with DG Hutch in the area as well.

We are very fortunate to be working very closely with the Rotary Club of Polana in Mozambique and we have concentrated our efforts in the District with supplying nutrition in the form of a food product which is sourced in our own District. The nutritious maize roll supplies all the daily nutritional needs for two people for a landed price to Mozambique for under R10. It has a shelf life of 12 months and is what is being requested by our friends in Mozambique as people are starving. The task of getting the food to Mozambique is a huge one, which is being expertly handled.

Other Districts are concentrating on water purification needs and rebuilding requirements. As more and more money is collected from our District, we can also look at these areas to show our support. Right now, food is critical to the people there as well. As I said in my earlier correspondence to clubs, the Rotary club of Ballito have taken up the collection and distribution of the food source on behalf of all of us.

PDG Richard Brooks will give a clear and concise record of all money collected and all spending at the end of July 2019 will be accounted for.. So far , we have collected R82 500. Any Rotarian or Club is very welcome to contact him and ask for more information.

His email is
Cell 073 210 1235
He has lots and lots of information which is available through him. Any club wishing to donate, please note the banking details :

The Rotary Club of Ballito
Standard Bank
Please ref IDAI Food Relief


D9400 NPC is working with the following organizations


From the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Tropical Cyclone Idai


Affected People


Cholera cases


Houses destroyed / damaged


Deaths | 8 cholera related


Hectares of crop destroyed


People assisted with food


Malaria cases (increasing)


Malaria deaths in 1st quarter 2019

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth


Affected People


Cholera Cases reported | Pemba


Houses partially or totally destroyed




Hectares of crop affected


People assisted with food


Health posts destroyed


Malaria cases (increasing)

Statistics on the two Tropical Cyclones

In March and April 2019, Mozambique was hit by two consecutive tropical cyclones that left a trail of death, damage and destruction in their path.

In March 2019, the Tropical Cyclone Idai weather system’s impact came in three waves: in early March, the low pressure system caused flooding in Zambezia and Tete, displacing more than 140,000 people; on 14 March, Cyclone Idai made landfall near the port City of Beira – home to 500,000 people – tearing roofs off homes and buildings; finally, over the weekend of 16-17 March, the weather system carried torrential rains across multiple areas, causing rivers to overflow and leaving people stranded on trees and houses.

On 25 April, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Cabo Delgado province just six weeks after Idai and was the first cyclone to make landfall this far north in Mozambique. Entire villages were flattened and thousands of people were displaced, in a country already dealing with the consequences of drought and Cyclone Idai.

Humanitarian actors have scaled-up operations, in support of the Government-led response. However, people are still in need of vital assistance and more funding is urgently required.

Latest Update September 2019

A path of destruction, the path of TC Idai from 4 March 2019

District Administrator

Alice Meyer
+27 82 530 0361

81 Bloodwood St

NPC No: 2017/205788/08

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