JOHANNESBURG, 27 February (IRIN) - A UN spokeswoman in Mozambique told IRIN on Tuesday that a warning by Zambia that it may be forced to open spillway gates on the Kariba dam would be "disastrous" for Mozambique, battling with rising flood waters downstream in the Zambezi valley.
Maputo, 27 Feb (AIM) - The waters of the Zambezi river are now flooding low-lying parts of Tete city, the largest urban centre on the river.
The Nhartanda valley, which forms part of the city, was inundated in Monday morning, and the flood is likely to cut the city in two some time on Tuesday. Radio Mozambique reported that the high part of the city is now like an island surrounded by water.
The Tete Municipal Council has been advised to evacuate people from parts of the city now regarded as unsafe.
Mozambique - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 5
JOHANNESBURG, 27 February (IRIN) - Heavy rains and floods over large parts of southern Africa in recent weeks have adversely affected food security in several countries, USAID's Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) said in its latest update.
MAPUTO, Feb 27 (AFP) - Floods have struck the central Mozambican city of Tete as the first effects of increased water discharges from a major dam upstream on the Zambezi river began to be felt, state radio reported Tuesday.
The river waters started to invade the city, situated near its banks about 100 kilometres (60 miles) downstream from the Cahora Bassa dam, on Monday, forcing hundreds of residents to abandon their homes, Radio Mozambique said.
It could not immediately be established how many people have been affected in Tete.
Cruz Roja Internacional ha puesto en marcha su plan de emergencias en Mozambique tras las inundaciones que están provocando las lluvias caídas desde hace varias semanas en el centro del país y que han provocado hasta el momento 41 muertos. Este Plan se inició el pasado mes de enero con la distribución de suministros de emergencia en localidades situadas en zonas de riesgo.
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MARROMEU / LUABO: as the Zambezi threatens local flood dykes, one helicopter is airlifting people to a camp at Chupanga, but, with the accomodation centre just 20 kilometres away, locals are also being encouraged to walk.
SOFALA PROVINCE: some 20,000 evacuees, mainly from Mutarara on the northern banks of the river Zambezi, have been shifted to 7 accomodation centres. WFP food rations are being delivered to some 13,000 people evacuated into the town of Caia by boat or helicopter.
Population dataset - Census 1997
This map was developed through a theoretical hydrological model, based on assumptions which have note been verified or calibrated with field data. This map should be considered as an estimate of the areas at risk of floods and the population potentially affected.
March-April-May (MAM) 2001 forecast summary
The likelihood of normal to above-normal rains remains very high in the northern half of the sub-region for the period March to May 2001 while the southern half is likely to have normal to below-normal rainfall during the same period.
Sea surface temperature anomalies and Southern Oscillation Index
CAIA, Mozambique, Feb 26 (AFP) - Thousands of people were struggling Monday to make their way to refugee camps in central Mozambique, where the Zambezi River threatens to swallow two more towns this week.
"Everything is gone," said Paul Joaquim, a father of seven who arrived at a camp in the central town of Caia on Monday. He lost all of his crops and his home after the Zambezi flooded his village.
Summary: WFP food stocks ready for 80,000 people evacuated from areas downstream of critically-full Cahora Bassa resevoir.
Sweden's Minister of Defence, Bjorn von Sydow, gave a press conference at United Nations Headquarters this afternoon on interaction between the United Nations and the European Union. Sweden is currently Chair of the Union.
MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE - Since the end of January, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has delivered food staples to people fleeing the extensive flood waters in central Mozambique.
JOHANNESBURG, 26 February (IRIN) - Along Mozambique's flooded Zambezi valley, attention is turning to the giant Cahora Bassa dam in the northwest of the country which is already close to capacity and may be forced to release more water, WFP spokesman Inyene Udoyen told IRIN on Monday.
MOZAMBIQUE-ZAMBIA: Lusaka agrees to help flood-hit neighbour
CAFOD, the Catholic Aid Agency, has marked the first anniversary of the floods in Mozambique by taking a flood victim from the UK to see how money raised from the British public has been used to help flood victims in Mozambique.
Flood data derived from 50 M resolutions RADARSAT Imagery (26 Feb 2001)
Mozambicans are facing renewed flooding following unusually heavy rains in central parts of the country. On Wednesday 21st February the Government of Mozambique launched an appeal for international assistance of US$36m to help with immediate shelter needs, provision of health services, clean water supplies and transport to move stocks of relief items to the areas where they are most needed.