News & Media

20 March, 2019

Cyclone Idai Causes Widespread Devastation in Mozambique

** 20 March Update **

We are extremly pleased to confirm that after 5 days of 'radio silence' we finally made contact with our ISS Beira team and happy to hear that staff and families are safe! The situation in town and especially in the hinterland is still dramatic and our condolences to everyone in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe who is affected by this tragic event. The port of Beira faced damages but has started operation again with limited resources and we keep all parties further updated.


** 19 March Update **

Communications with Beira, Mozambique are still severely affected by Cyclone Idai.  Reports confirm that roads, electricity and communication facilities are largely destroyed and that a state of emergency has been declaired for most of the area. 

The Red Cross report that about 90% of the city has been destroyed and/or damaged. First planes with food and other aid equipment have meanwhile arrived in the city. (https://www.africanews.com/2019/03/18/90-percent-of-mozambican-city-of-beira-destroyed-by-cyclone-idai-red-cross/)

Inchape Nacala and Maputo are currently responding to all emails sent to Beira - contact point YourISSMozambique@iss-shipping.com. Currently the Port of Beira is still closed and recovery is expected to be slow.

We will continue to report on the situation, as more is known.


Tropical cyclone Idai battered central Mozambique on Friday 15th of March, with strong winds and flash flooding cutting off more than half a million residents of the port city Beira.  It is reported that at least 62 people have died and that tens of thousands have been cut off from roads and communications.

While direct communications with Beira is not possible at present, reports from our sources are that the port is currently closed.  We will provide an update as soon as more information is received. 

Please email yourissmozambique@iss-shipping.com to contact our Nacala or Maputo offices.