New Zealand is contributing $500,0000 to help recovery efforts following Tropical Cyclone Idai and flooding in Southern Africa.

The funding is being directed to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Emergency Appeal for Mozambique.

Heavy rains and the impact of Tropical Cyclone Idai have caused extensive damage and flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, causing over 500 deaths, injuring more than 1,500 people and leaving nearly 130,000 people displaced.

As flood waters recede, food security and livelihood impacts are beginning to be understood with extensive damage to crops, markets, seeds and tools. Disease outbreaks remain a concern with an increase in diarrheal disease and cholera outbreaks reported in Mozambique.

This support will allow the IFRC and Mozambique Red Cross to assist those worst affected in central Mozambique with a focus on providing shelter, clean water and sanitation.