Emergency Appeal launched by Mozambican Government: Foreign Affairs Minister Simao launched an Emergency Appeal today, calling for solidarity and support from the international community for emergency humanitarian assistance, particularly for air transport and funds, to allow for the rapid distribution of basic relief items.
ZIMBABWE: Commonwealth to send fact-finding team
MAPUTO, Feb 21 (AFP) - At least 41 people have been killed by floods in central Mozambique since torrential rains began in the Zambezi valley region in late January, Foreign Affairs Minister Leonardo Simao said Wednesday.
Simao, who is head of the government's emergency commission, said most deaths occurred in the coastal Zambezia province, which was hit by a tropical disturbance from January 23 to 25.
JOHANNESBURG, 20 February (IRIN) - Heavy rains and flooding in Sofala province has cut part of the road linking the coastal city of Beira and Chimoio to the west, a spokeswoman in the UN Resident Coordinator's Office (UNRCO) told IRIN on Tuesday.
Maputo (AIM) - The Zambian and Zimbabwean governments have promised to close one of the two floodgates on the Kariba dam that have been discharging thousands of cubic metres of water a second along the Zambezi and into Mozambique.
A statement from the Mozambican government, issued on Monday night, said that, in light of the severe flooding in the Zambezi valley, Mozambique had approached its neighbours asking for a "substantial reduction" in discharges from Kariba.
The Mozambican government has warned of an increasingly serious situation in the river basins in the centre of the country, due to continuing rainfall both inside Mozambique, and in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. A government statement on 17 February said that there is now an emergency situation, not only along the Zambezi, but also in the basins of the Pungue, Buzi and Save rivers.
The flood on the Pungue has now submerged six kilometres of the Beira-Zimbabwe road. Light vehicles can no longer cross this stretch.
Maputo, Mozambique - As feared, the flood on the Pungue river in the central Mozambican province of Sofala has cut the main road from the port of Beira to Zimbabwe.
Heavy rains and river floods in the central region provinces of Zambezia, Tete, and Sofala have displaced over 380,000 people, destroyed infrastructure, and washed away an estimated 27,000 hectares of crops. River levels continue to rise in the central areas of the country. Those living along the Rios Zambeze, Pungwe, and Licungo remain vulnerable to the threat of further flooding as heavy rains continue to fall.
The Government of Mozambique has declared a state of emergency and has appealed for over US$ 30 million, mainly for humanitarian assistance.
18-19 February 2001
- Rains continued all over the province on 17/18 February;
- INGC Bell helicopter arrived 17 February;
By Emelia Sithole
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Inhabitants of central Mozambique were urged to flee to high ground on Monday as another river threatened to burst its banks under heavy rain.
Thousands of people have already fled their homes due to recent flooding, and the World Food Programme said the region was on further alert as the Save River rose after weekend rains.
WFP programme officer Inyene Udoyene said there were fears that the Save could burst its banks as rain lashed the region.
"An alert was sent out this morning as the Save rose.
Maputo, Mozambique - In the face of continuing torrential rains, the Mozambican government has warned that flooding in the central river basins of the country could get worse.
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 18 (AFP) - Southern African ministers who will meet in South Africa from Thursday to Saturday will consider combined action on flooding and cholera, the acting secretary general of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) said Sunday.
"In the past we have done it (dealing with disasters) on an ad hoc basis, between individual countries. Now, we are looking at a framework for cooperation," said Prega Ramsamy as officials prepared for the meeting.
This report includes: (A) Resources (B) Sudan (C) Kenya (D) West and Central Asia: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Tajikistan, (3) Georgia (E) El Salvador (F) Great Lakes: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Tanzania, (4) Uganda, (5) R Congo (G) Southern Africa: (1) Mozambique, (2) Angola (H) Executive Board
MAPUTO - Nearly one year after massive floods devastated large tracts of southern and central Mozambique, killing some 700 people and leaving thousands homeless, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today that sufficient food is available to help those affected by the current wave of floods.
MAPUTO, Feb 16 (AFP) - A third river threatens to worsen killer flooding in Mozambique, as water levels rise on the Save River in the southern province of Gaza, government officials warned Friday.
Floods this year have claimed at least 17 lives in the southern African country, according to government figures, with many villages under water. In neighbouring Malawi, some 60,000 people have been displaced.
Cape Town, South Africa - South Africa has donated excess military clothing and medical equipment worth about one million US dollars to Angola "as a token of friendship and care."