Learning from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth - Executive Summary

Post date Tuesday, 19 May, 2020 - 20:56
Document Type Lessons Learned Report
Content Themes Development, Emergency Response
Sources Other, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

This summary is based on a Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (the Alliance) Post Event Review Capability (PERC) study analyzing the 2019 Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth impacts in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. The study was developed by the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition – International (ISET), together with other members of the Alliance - the International Federation of

Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Practical Action, and Zurich Insurance Group -
and in collaboration with the Mozambique Red Cross and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It focuses on why cyclones Idai and Kenneth resulted in disasters in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, taking into account the specific country contexts. It draws on 5 weeks of field work1, 100+ interviews with stakeholders from government, UN agencies, donors, NGOs and humanitarian response agencies, academics, and community members, and the review of over 100 secondary sources to highlight key opportunities for building resilience. These opportunities

include strengthening early warning systems and climate services coupled with capacity building and resourcing for early action, supporting the construction of resistant homes, connecting water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) efforts, and through supporting the diversification of farming practices and crops.

 

For more resources, including country-specific (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi) lessons learned, please check:https://floodresilience.net/perc and https://www.floodresilience.net/resources

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