MAPUTO, March 19 (AFP) - Heavy rains in countries neighboring Mozambique could still exacerbate flooding on the Zambezi River, weather forecasters said Monday, although only light showers were expected in most of Mozambique.
Heavy rains have continued to fall in Zimbabwe and Zambia, which means more water is pouring into the already flooded Zambezi, Filipe Lucio, director of the Mozambique Institute of Meteorology (INAM), told AFP.
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Baltimore, March 19, 2001 - When flooding hit Mozambique in March for the second year in a row, $530,000-worth of clothing, school kits, health kits, layettes and quilts were already on their way from Lutheran World Relief to the Lutheran World Federation program there. LWF has been providing food and shelter to over 8,000 people affected by the floods. An LWR aid shipment last year arrived in time to help people who fled the more extensive flooding a year ago.
CWS is helping partners provide emergency assistance for 38,000 families affected by severe flooding in Mozambique. As in 2000, Mozambique once again faces serious flooding -- this time in the Zambezi river basin, in the provinces of Zambezia, Tete, Sofala and Manica. This year's flooding has caused fewer casualties and displacements, but thousands of people have lost their homes, household goods, and almost all their crops. The food situation is desperate in the coastal areas of Zambezia, where thousands of acres of crops now lie under water. Many people are without food.
Liz O'Donnell T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs (with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance and Human Rights), has announced an unprecedented package of humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance to benefit 21 of the world's poorest and crisis-stricken countries.
Heavy rains that caused Mozambique's second flood crisis in 14 months may be about to ease, but the number of people seeking food aid shows no signs of abating. More and more flood victims are relying on WFP's prepositioned food stocks.
The number of Mozambicans relying on WFP food aid for survival continues to rise despite signs that the worst of Mozambique's second flood emergency in consecutive years is over.
Targeted population: 80,000
MAPUTO, Mar 17, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- So far the international community has disbursed some 11 million U.S dollars in response to the Mozambican government's appeal for aid intended for the flood victims in the country's central regions.
In February the government put at about 36.5 million U.S dollars the amount needed for flood victims in the provinces of Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia, and for the repair of essential infrastructure.
Harare - Zimbabwe
SADC REGIONAL OVERVIEW
While preliminary forecasts are yet to be made in most SADC countries, indicative REWU forecasts suggest a 26% decline in the 2000/2001 SADC maize harvest to between 14.45 and 15.10 million tonnes compared with last season's above-average output of 20.10 million tonnes. The decline is attributed to reduced plantings in South Africa and Zimbabwe, excessive rains and flooding in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, while a devastating mid-season dry spell affected several other countries.
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by Gunther Kern
BRINDISI, Italy, March 16 (AFP) - The United Nations on Friday opened its first rapid response base for humanitarian emergencies.
The base, in Brindisi, southern Italy, is designed to serve as a logistics facility and storage site for operations around the globe.
The UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) will be used by a number of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations.
JOHANNESBURG, March 16 (Reuters) - A 50-strong South African airforce team has returned home, ending a search and rescue mission in flooded Mozambique, while the United Nations said on Friday it was extending its relief mission to the end of 2001.
South African state radio said the airforce team, equipped with four helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft, returned to Pretoria on Thursday night after a four-week stint in the neighbouring country.
The operation cost South Africa $1.5 million, officials said.
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MAPUTO, March 16 (AFP) - Mozambican officials said Friday the worst of the flooding on the Zambezi River has passed, as forecasters said they expect weaker storms during the rest of the rainy season.
"I think the worst has passed, but that does not mean we can relax, taking into consideration that we are still in the rainy season," National Disaster Management Institute director Silvano Langa told a news conference.
The Zambezi River's water level has stabilised and has slowly begun to fall, despite heavy rains during the week, he said.
OCHA Situation Report No. 11
Mozambique - Floods
ROME - The World Food Programme, on behalf of the United Nations, and the Government of Italy officially opened the United Nation's first-ever comprehensive humanitarian rapid response base today in Brindisi, Italy.
Continuous heavy rain across southern Africa has placed enormous pressure on Mozambique's largest hydro-electric dam, the Cahora Bassa. Estimates of those affected by the flooding in the Zambezi valley vary, but the figure could be as high as 120,000.
Maputo (AIM) - So far the international community has disbursed some 11 million US dollars in response to the Mozambican government's appeal for aid intended for the flood victims in the country's central regions.
In February the government put at about 36.5 million US dollars the amount needed for flood victims in the provinces of Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia, and for the repair of essential infrastructure.