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03 May 2000 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Jude Webber

ROME, May 3 (Reuters) - Mozambique, faced with a monumental rebuilding task after devastating floods and cyclones earlier this year, appealed to world donors in Rome on Wednesday for $450 million to get it back on its feet.

"We need your assistance in order to strengthen our capacity for prevention and management of natural disasters," President Joaquim Chissano told delegates from 36 donor countries, aid agencies, development banks and the private sector at the start of the two-day conference, co-hosted by the United Nations Development …

03 May 2000 description
report Oxfam

El Gobierno mozambiqueño y la ONU estiman en 450 millones de dólares el coste del programa de reconstrucción que se presenta hoy y mañana en Roma a los países donantes

03 May 2000 description

Southern Africa's flood zone is continually threatened by forecasts of additional rain to the region where more than two million people have been affected.

03 May 2000 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Jude Webber

ROME, May 3 (Reuters) - Mozambique's President Joaquim Chissano said on Wednesday he hoped international donors would offer his flood-ravaged country $500 million in reconstruction aid at a conference in Rome.

"We are expecting to get around $500 million," Chissano told Reuters Television in an interview at the gathering of 36 donor countries co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme.

The meeting ends on Thursday with a formal pledging session.

Mozambique's reconstruction blueprint calls for $450 million to help pick up …

03 May 2000 description

Maputo (AIM) - The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday finally passed a resolution on this year's flooding in the south and centre of the country, mandating the Assembly's Social Affairs Commission to follow all activities of the government in support of the flood victims.

The resolution was first discussed weeks ago, when the opposition Renamo-Electoral Union tried to set up a separate ad-hoc parliamentary commission to supervise flood relief.

02 May 2000 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Jude Webber

ROME, May 2 (Reuters) - Mozambique, still reeling from catastrophic floods and cyclones, will use a conference in Rome on Wednesday to ask world donors for $450 million to help get it back on its feet.

The cash is earmarked for a series of programmes including resettling displaced persons, rebuilding transport facilities, reviving agriculture and repairing industry.

Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano, who will be attending the two-day gathering of donor governments, aid agencies, development banks and the private sector, put the task ahead in stark …

02 May 2000 description

New York, 2 May 2000 - Mozambique will ask donors at the International Reconstruction Conference in Rome this week (3-4 May), for $26.6 million to repair public administration buildings and replace equipment that has been destroyed. The request is part of a $450 million reconstruction package for the country.

01 May 2000 description
report Xinhua

MAPUTO (May 1) XINHUA - Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi on Monday called for "redoubled efforts" to ensure a return to normality in the areas of southern and central Mozambique hit by catastrophic flooding in February and March.

Addressing thousands of workers attending a May Day rally in the capital Maputo, Mocumbi said that the death toll from the floods stood at around 700, with a further 100 people missing.

About 140,000 hectares of crops had been lost, and 90 percent of the country's irrigation equipment had been damaged.

On the rescue …

01 May 2000 description

A small but crucial cost item in the $450 million flood appeal for Mozambique this week is US$ 15 million to help reduce the country's vulnerability to floods, droughts and tropical cyclones.

01 May 2000 description

Relief efforts continue following the four cyclones, heavy rains, and floods that struck several Southern African countries since February, causing hundreds of thousands of people to lose their homes, belongings and crops. The devastating weather has already washed away one harvest and left the ground too soggy for the March-April planting, leaving people in need of basic food support until the next planting scheduled for September.

29 Apr 2000 description

Maputo (AIM) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has sufficient stocks to provide emergency food aid to the victims of flooding in southern and central Mozambique until mid-June, according to a report in Saturday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".

Many of those who require food aid are in isolated areas that still cannot be reached by road, and therefore require airlifts.

The number of helicopters and light aircraft available for this work has dropped, as of Saturday, from 24 to just eight, five of which are based in Maputo, and the other three in Beira.

28 Apr 2000 description

PRETORIA, April 28 (AFP) - South African troops sent to Mozambique in February to help with the flood rescue and relief operations will be withdrawn over the next few days, the South African National Defence Force said Friday.

The withdrawal will take place over several days, with the last soldiers returning by Wednesday, said the army's statement.

28 Apr 2000 description

Maputo (AIM) - The French government is to provide five million francs (about 708,000 US dollars) to assist in resettling victims of the floods that struck southern and central Mozambique in February and March.

According to a press release from the Mozambican Foreign Ministry, an agreement to this effect was signed on Friday by Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao and French ambassador Bernadette Lefort.

The release said this aid would allow the purchase and transport of medicines, insecticides, seeds, agricultural tools and school material, particularly for the districts of Magude …

28 Apr 2000 description

MAPUTO, Mozambique (PANA) - Airlifts of emergency aid to victims of flooding in southern and central Mozambique will end on Saturday due to lack of funding.

28 Apr 2000 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
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28 Apr 2000 description

This report includes: A) Horn of Africa drought: region, Somalia and Eritrea B) Mozambique - Cyclone Hudah C) Sudan D) Angola E) Sierra Leone F) Sri Lanka.

28 Apr 2000 description


1. Evolution of the Floods

The Umbeluzi, Movene, Incomati and Limpopo Rivers in the south of the country are still falling and are now below alert level. It is predicted that this situation will continuing in the coming days. The Massingir and Peqquenos Libombos dams are below 100% capacity, although the Corrumane dam on the Incomati River was at 105%.