Tropical cyclone Dineo hits Mozambique | Humanitarian Coalition
Tropical cyclone Dineo hits Mozambique
February 2017

Tropical cyclone Dineo slammed into coastal districts of Mozambique on February 15, 2017, bringing heavy rain, a storm surge and winds of reaching 130 km/h. The storm claimed the lives of 7 people and affected close to 700,000 people.

Humanitarian Assistance: 

Provide clean water, emergency shelter kits, cleaning supplies and hygiene kits

People Helped: 
Funds provided: 
Global Affairs Canada: 
CARE Canada: $30,000
Humanitarian Coalition: 
Humanitarian Needs: 

The storm caused extensive damage to the region’s food supply, destroying close to 30,000 hectares of agricultural land. More than 60,000 homes, 70 health clinics and close to 2,000 classrooms were also damaged.

Humanitarian Response: 

Increase access to basic hygiene materials and rehabilitated health facilities to meet the needs of men, women, boys and girls

• Distribute hygiene kits to the most-affected households in cyclone-hit communities, taking into account special consideration for the needs of women and girls.
• Rehabilitate a health clinic and include risk reduction measures to prevent damage from future cyclones or heavy rainfall by building stronger roofs.

Organizational Capacity: 

CARE has significant experience responding to humanitarian disasters within the Mozambique context. In the affected region in particular, CARE has been implementing development and emergency
response activities for over 20 years, including programs focused on food security, health, water and sanitation and economic empowerment. In addition, CARE is a member of the COSACA consortium, which consists of the international aid organizations CARE International, Oxfam, Save the Children and Concern Worldwide, which began its work in Mozambique in 2007 delivering emergency and large-scale humanitarian assistance to communities affected by floods. CARE maintains a close working relationship with various government entities, especially INGC (disaster coordination agency) and Department of Agriculture.


Our responses to localized disasters are supported by Global Affairs Canada (75%), the member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition (15%), and the Humanitarian Coalition (10%). The CHAF was created in 2014 to ensure timely funding is available to fund lifesaving responses to smaller-scale disasters.