Cyclone Idai in southern Africa

Updated: July 05, 2019


Original publication date: April 10, 2019

Current Situation

Parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been severely affected by tropical cyclone Idai.

Idai made landfall near Beira City in central Mozambique, causing heavy rains, strong winds, and severe flooding. The provinces most affected by flooding in Mozambique are Sofala and Zambezia as well as the districts of Cuamba and Madimba in the province of Niassa. The provinces of Manica, Inhambane and Tete are also impacted.

Eastern Zimbabwe also experienced severe flooding due to cyclone Idai.

Depending on your destination, there could be disruptions to the following essential services:

These conditions can lead to outbreaks of infectious diseases.


Before your trip

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel.

During your trip

Practise safe food and water precautions

Flooding and standing water increases the risk of water-borne disease such as:

Protect yourself from insect bites at all times.

Flooding and standing water also increases the risk of insect-related diseases such as: 

Avoid contact with animals

Depending on your travel plans, a health care professional might recommend getting vaccinated against rabies before you travel.

If bitten or scratched, immediately clean the wound and seek medical attention.

Protect yourself against injury and illness

If travelling to areas affected by cyclone Idai:

Wear gloves:

If you are travelling to the affected areas to support relief efforts (aid workers), protect yourself.

After your trip

Seek medical attention if you are injured, sick, or having trouble coping with stress after you return to Canada. Tell the health care professional:

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