Mozambique (Emergency response)

In March 2019, Cyclone Idai sparked widespread flooding, affecting more than 3 million people across Southern Africa. Concern responded with emergency shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene, and food security assistance, helping more than 35,000 people.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 29.5 million
  • Population living below $1.25/day: 62.9%
  • Life expectancy: 58.1
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 53.3
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 71.3
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 480
  • Literacy rate: 47%
  • Females with at least some secondary education: 1.4%

Despite its recent progress, Mozambique remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with 62 percent of Mozambicans living on less than $1.25 per day.

A country rich in natural resources, Mozambique is emerging from being a post-conflict nation to one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Despite its recent progress, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with 62 percent of Mozambicans living on less than $1.25 per day.

Until 1994, no Category 5 cyclone had ever developed off the coast of the African continent. But in 2019 alone, two major cyclones hit Mozambique, affecting more than 3 million people across Southern Africa — the direct result of devastating climate change. Concern, working with our partners, Welt Hunger Hilfe and CESVI, responded with emergency shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene, and food security assistance (helping more than 35,000 people.) The response has now moved into an early-recovery phase, as we equip subsistence farmers with seeds and other agricultural inputs to help them replace crops destroyed by flooding.