• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 33,100,000 Total population [?]
  • 11,238,000 People affected [?]
  • 1,076,000 People displaced [?]
  • 2,297,000 People in Need [?]



Some areas of Mozambique are experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the impact of multiple natural disasters and an armed insurgency that started in 2017 in the north of the country. Mozambique is particularly prone to natural hazards such as floods, cyclones, and drought. According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Mozambique ranked fifth worldwide as one of the countries most affected by extreme weather events in the last 20 years.? Tropical Storm Ana made landfall in Mozambique on 24 January and has affected 141,483 people. Zambezia, Nampula, and Tete provinces were the most affected, while Niassa, Sofala, and Cabo Delgado provinces were affected to a lesser extent.?

The armed insurgency that began in Cabo Delgado province in 2017 has also affected the neighbouring provinces of Niassa and Nampula. 1.3 million people need humanitarian assistance, and 735,000 are internally displaced because of violence. The humanitarian crisis deteriorated in 2020 when armed attacks by insurgents increased. Internal displacements increased from 90,000 in January 2020 to 668,000 in December 2020. The insurgency has also affected food security, with more than 932,000 people in Cabo Delgado province facing IPC 3 and above outcomes for the period November 2021 to March 2022.?

There are high levels of vulnerability among the people that have experienced multiple shocks. Sofala and Zambezia provinces have been affected by recurrent storms and cyclones, leaving communities little time to rebuild homes and recover their livelihoods. The IDP population in Cabo Delgado and Nampula provinces is particularly vulnerable to the impact of Tropical Storm Ana, since some of them have inadequate shelter and WASH facilities.?

INFORM measures Mozambique’s risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 7.2/10.?

Latest Developments


Non-state armed groups launched four attacks in Nampula province in September, displacing up to 47,000 of whom at least 12,000 remain in Eráti district. Some are still  lacking shelter, food, and medicine. Since 2017, nearly 1 million people have been displaced in Cabo Delgado (92% of total), Niassa, and Nampula provinces in northern Mozambique as a result of the insurgency that began in Cabo Delgado and has extended into neighbouring provinces. Around one-third of displaced people are living in displacement sites and the rest are living in host communities. Assessments have shown that more than half of them are children. Many people have suffered repeated displacement and live in overcrowded conditions, with up to five families per home. Some have begun returning to their places of origin, where they face insecurity, limited access to basic services, and protection risks including gender-based violence and child recruitment. The displaced people are in need of shelter, food, NFIs, WASH, protection, and mental health support. ?

Humanitarian Access


High constraints

Mozambique faced High humanitarian access constraints in the past six months, scoring 3/5 in ACAPS Humanitarian Access Index. The humanitarian access situation remained stable. 

For more information you can consult our latest Global Humanitarian Access Overview – July 2022