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04 Apr 2000 description
report US Fund for UNICEF

Number of flood victims in need of humanitarian assistance: 950,000.

  • The World Bank estimates that relief and rehabilitation costs could amount to $1 billion.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that 1.9 million people have sustained major crop and cattle losses and will be in need of assistance for many months to come.
  • Floods have swept away more than 620 miles of roads.
Another huge cyclone, Cyclone Hudah, hit the small northeastern town of Antalaha in Madagascar Sunday night.
04 Apr 2000 description

JOHANNESBURG, April 4 (AFP) - A tropical storm bearing heavy rain is expected to reach the far north of Mozambique overnight Tuesday-to-Wednesday, South Africa's Weather Bureau reported Tuesday.

It had already reached the northern parts of the Mozambique channel between Mozambique and Madagascar, said spokesman Francois Engelbrecht.

It is expected to intensify before hitting the Mozambique coastline, and heavy rainfall is expected as far south as Vilanculos, he said.

Downpours are not expected over the southern parts of the country, ravaged recently by Cyclone Eline.

04 Apr 2000 description
report Marek Enterprise

From MAREK Business Briefs 4 Apr 2000

Mozambique

Mozambican sugar production is affected by flooding. PANA reported on March 14 that all of Mozambique's operational sugar companies have been badly affected by flooding. Only Marromeu the province of Sofala was mostly unaffected. The target of producing 310, 000 tons of sugar by 2005 is not possible.

04 Apr 2000 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 4 April (IRIN) - As cyclone Hudah moved towards the Mozambique coast on Tuesday after bringing new devastation to Madagascar, the weather cleared sufficiently in Madagascar enabling the humanitarian community to conduct its first assessment flights.

04 Apr 2000 description

SITUATION: Cyclone Hudah hit Madagascar Monday and is expected eventually to strike an area of Mozambique that so far has been spared the effects from the previous two cyclones that have caused flooding and extensive damage. Hudah is the third cyclone to hit the region in eight weeks.

04 Apr 2000 description
report DisasterRelief

Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, DisasterRelief.org

03 Apr 2000 description

120,000 households will need interim food assistance in Mozambique, having lost their crops and access to farmlands, the Humanitarian Times (24 March ) reported. The flooding and cyclones which swept across Mozambique and other countries in Southern Africa in recent weeks left widespread devastation in their wake. In Mozambique, the official death toll is something over 500, but many think the figure is much higher in reality. Basic rations are provided to over 650,000 people, and health and nutritional status are being monitored in the 87 feeding centres.

03 Apr 2000 description

BALTIMORE (IOCC) - In the aftermath of a prolonged period of rain and intense flooding in Mozambique and southern Africa, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has teamed up with Christian Aid, a London-based relief organization, to help coordinate rehabilitation efforts in the region. An IOCC staff member will work in the Mozambique capital of Maputo to help deliver food and other materials needed there.

03 Apr 2000 description
report CARE

ATLANTA (April 3, 2000) - With weather conditions in Mozambique gradually stabilizing, the international relief and development organization CARE is helping nearly 200,000 flood and cyclone survivors begin the long road to recovery. Working in the hardest-hit provinces of Gaza, Inhambane and Maputo, CARE is providing materials for rebuilding homes, along with seeds and tools for immediate replanting of crops and cleaning contaminated water wells.

03 Apr 2000 description
report US Fund for UNICEF

Accumulation of rainfall from February 4-7 in Maputo Province reached 17.9 inches -- compared to 23.4 inches from September 1998 to January 1999.

03 Apr 2000 description

The German government has provided wide-ranging humanitarian relief and considerable funding to help victims of the flood disaster in Mozambique.

Funding provided or pledged thus far by the German government (Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Federal Ministry of Defence) amounts to around DM 50 million.

03 Apr 2000 description

Global information and early warning system on food and agriculture

03 Apr 2000 description

Torrential rains and a cyclone flooded Mozambique, leaving visible only radio masts, the tallest of trees and buildings of three stories or higher. As many as 100,000 people needed rescue urgently from where they sought refuge in trees and on rooftops of churches and houses.

03 Apr 2000 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 3 April (IRIN) - A powerful cyclone ripped through Madagascar on Monday with strong winds and heavy rains causing fresh devastation in areas where the humanitarian community was already helping people rebuild their lives after the destruction wrought by two earlier cyclones.

03 Apr 2000 description

MAPUTO, April 3 (AFP) - Tropical Cyclone Hudah is heading for Mozambique, the southeastern African country still battling to recover from the devastating floods of February, meteorologists warned Monday.

Mussa Mustafa, spokesman of the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM), told AFP that although the cyclone was weakening "it could intensify after reaching our channel (between Madagascar and Mozambique) due to high water temperatures".

03 Apr 2000 description

Maputo (AIM) - Coastal areas of the northern Mozambican provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado may be hit by cyclone Hudah within the next 24 hours, a source of the Mozambican National Meteorology Institute (INAM) said on Monday.

Acacio Tembe, of INAM, said that the cyclone, which formed near the French possession of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, a week ago, is presently at the northeast of Madagascar, and is heading towards the northern part of the Mozambique Channel.

03 Apr 2000 description

MAPUTO, April 3 (AFP) - The official death toll from the worst floods in living memory in Mozambique has risen to 699, according to the latest figures released on Monday.

The previous official death toll was 640. Aid agencies have said that the final toll from deaths caused by drowning could run into the thousands.

Joao Zamissa, spokesman for the national institute of disaster management (INGC), said more bodies had been found in the worst-hit town of Chokwe in southern Gaza province in recent days.