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Preparing for disaster in Mozambique

As world leaders meet in Copenhagen, an example of how planning can reduce the impact of climate change

When floods struck Mozambique two years ago, followed by a cyclone, over 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

The destruction was widespread. Farmland was deluged, energy supplies and roads were cut off and there was an urgent need for food, shelter and healthcare.

Yet the scenes that unfolded contrasted sharply with the events of seven years before. In 2000, unusually heavy rains saw riverbanks burst, sweeping away homes and livelihoods, and leaving

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Mozambique: Poverty reduction strategy paper - Annual progress report - Review of the economic and social plan for 2007


This Review of the Economic and Social Plan for 2007 is an evaluation of the implementation of the Five-Year Government Programme for 2005-2009, in its third year of execution. The document presents the new simplified structure adopted in the Review of the First Half of 2007, and aims at adjusting the Review of the Economic and Social Plan as main monitoring and evaluation instrument of Government action. It consists of 4 big chapters: International Context, National Socio-Economic and Demographic Context, Main Lines of Development by Pillar, and Public Finance. In the

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Mozambique: Floods and Cyclone - Emergency appeal No. MDRMZ002 Final report


CHF 187,000 was initially allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the national society in responding by delivering assistance to flood-affected families.

A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 February 2007 for CHF 7,464,923 (USD 5,971,938 or EUR 4,524,196) for 6 months to assist 100,000 beneficiaries (20,000 families).

A Revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 14 March 2007 for CHF 20.6 m (USD 16.9m or EUR 12.8 m) for 6 months to assist 117,235 beneficiaries (23,447 families) affected by both the floods and the cyclone.

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Angola: Japanese embassy finances peasants training project

Lobito - At least USD 85,000 is the amount that the Japanese Embassy in Angola has made available for the training of peasants in the communes of Canjala and Dombe Grande, in the central Benguela Province.

The information was given last Tuesday, in Lobito Municipality, by the Japanese Embassy's consultant in humanitarian safety, Mayumi Yamada, who informed that the peasants will be taught farming techniques.

Speaking to ANGOP, after checking the reality of the community in the locality of Kulango (Lobito), Mayumi Yamada

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Food aid needed for 350,000 Mozambicans, UN says

By Charles Mangwiro

MAPUTO, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Around 350,000 people in Mozambique need food aid because of poor harvests, but the U.N. World Food Programme is running short of funds, a WFP official said on Tuesday.

Central and southern regions have had less than half their normal rainfall since October and the southern African country may be heading for its third consecutive year of drought despite recent rains in some areas.

WFP spokesman Peter Transburg said 350,000 people in seven provinces needed food aid.

"We are $8.5 million short for our

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Namibia: Caprivi Floods Emergency Appeal no. MDRNA003 Final Report

Period covered by this Final Report: 22 March to 22 September 2007;

Appeal target (current): CHF 877,479 (USD 719,245 or EUR 545,018);

Final Appeal coverage: 40%;

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 22 March 2007 for CHF 877,479 (USD 719,245 or EUR 545,018) for six months to assist 15,000 beneficiaries.

- CHF 112,877 was initially allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) in responding to the need of the displaced families.

Summary: NRCS supported the government

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Namibia: Kavango villagers face starvation

New Era
By Petronella Sibeene

RUNDU - Many households are staring hunger in the face in the Kavango Region and are appealing to the Government to speed up its food distribution programme before they face starvation.

The situation is slowly becoming grave with some families having been reduced to foraging for food at the dump site, a few kilometres west of Rundu.

Reports have it that over 112 000 households face serious food insecurity in the Kavango as their crops failed due to prolonged dry spells and floods during the 2007/8 farming season.

"There is completely nothing to

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Lesotho + 6 others
FEWS Southern Africa Food Security Update Aug 2008 - 8 million are at risk of food insecurity

- Recently concluded vulnerability assessments indicate that while a majority of households in southern Africa will have adequate food over this consumption season, widespread acute and chronic food insecurity remains a real concern in parts of most countries where these assessments have been conducted. Currently, over 8 million people in seven countries (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) are at risk of food insecurity between now and March 2009 and require some kind of assistance. Numbers are expected to peak over the November to February hunger season.
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100 houses for the people affected by floods in Caia District in Mozambique

At the beginning of 2007, people living in Caia District were affected by the floods and Cyclone Elyne. Those people lost their houses due to floods. Because of this incident, the Government of Mozambique asked help from international community.

With the response of this appeal, the Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISF), Deniz Feneri Association, Muslim Aid, Muslim Association of Sofala and Sofala District Government signed a contract in order to build 100 houses for the people who were affected by the floods around Zambezi River.

The housing project was completed with

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La Bad et la Zambie signent un accord de don pour soulager les populations victimes des inondations récentes : don d'assistance humanitaire de 500 000 $

Lusaka, le 1er août 2008 - Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Donald Kaberuka, a singé vendredi à Lusaka un accord de don de 500 000 $ EU pour fournir une assistance humanitaire aux victimes des récentes inondations subites qui ont frappé la Zambie.

M. Kaberuka, qui est arrivé dans la capitale zambienne jeudi, a déclaré que le don servirait à soulager la détresse des personnes touchées par les inondations qui frappent plusieurs régions de la Zambie depuis 2007.

Le ministre zambien des finances, Ng'andu

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AFDB and Zambia sign US$ 500,000 flood relief

Lusaka, 1 Aug. 2008 -- The African Development Bank President, Donald Kaberuka, on Friday in Lusaka signed an agreement for a grant of US$ 500,000 to help provide relief to victims of recent flash floods in Zambia.

Mr. Kaberuka, who arrived in the Zambian capital on Thursday, said the grant was to help ease the plight of those affected by the flooding in parts of Zambia in 2007.

Signing on behalf of the Zambian government, the country's Minister of Finance, Ng'andu Magande, said Zambia was one of few countries in Southern Africa that often suffered both from flash

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Afghanistan + 25 others
Central Emergency Response Fund two year evaluation


In its resolution 60/124 of December 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations sought to remedy two problems that had bedevilled UN efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance in a timely and effective manner. First, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, mandated by the Assembly to coordinate the international response to humanitarian emergencies, had no resources at his disposal with which to address the immediate needs in a rapid-onset crisis; and secondly, the international response to protracted emergencies seemed often to be dictated more by

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Mozambique + 3 others
Southern Africa: New money to mitigate disaster

JOHANNESBURG, 24 July 2008 (IRIN) - In an effort to mitigate the negative impact of climate change, new funding by European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) will help bolster disaster risk reduction and community resilience in Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi and the Comoros.

A statement released on 23 July said the EC had extended the scope of its disaster preparedness programme (DIPECHO) with a new allocation of ?5 million (US$7.8 million) for the four southern African countries.

"This is an important step in supporting


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Angola: Government releases Akz 2.2 billion to boost agriculture in Cunene

Ondjiva, 07/23 - Angolan Government has released Akz 2.2 billion (one Usd is Akz 70,00) this year to boost the 2008/2009 agricultural season in southern Cunene province, a region that experienced floods in February and April this year.

The information was released Thursday in Ondjiva by the provincial governor, Pedro Mutinde, while laying the foundation stone for the construction of 2,500 houses for the floods victims.

The Governor said the money will be used in two phases, stressing that priority will be given to the zones most

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Angola/Cunene: Public works minister guarantees houses for flood victims

Ondjiva, 07/23 - The Angolan Public Works minister, Higino Carneiro, Tuesday in Ondjiva city, southern Cunene province, guaranteed the Angolan Government support for houses for the victims of floods that ravaged the region last February and April.

The Cabinet official was speaking at the ceremony that served to launch the cornerstone for the beginning of construction of the 2,500 low-cost houses for those affected by the floods.

Higino Carneiro said that with the conclusion of these houses the population will leave the sheltering centres and will

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Malawi: Floods DREF Operation No. MDRMW002 Final Report

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

Summary: CHF 88,704 (USD 70,963 or EUR 54,755) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 30 January 2007 to support Malawi Red Cross Society in delivering

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Zambia: Solwezi and Mpulungu floods Appeal No. MDRZM004 Final report

Period covered by this Final Report: 16 January 2007 to 30 September 2007

Appeal target: CHF798,072 (USD 654,157 or EUR 495,696);

Final Appeal coverage: 37 %

Appeal history:

- CHF 54,000 was initially allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in responding by delivering assistance.

Summary: The Zambia Floods operation in Solwezi and Mpulungu operation was closed in December 2007 after assisting a total of 1,250 families provided with clean water from the seven constructed

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Zambia Appeal No. MAAZM001 Report 2006 - 2007

This report covers the period of 01/01/2007 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme Summary: The 2006-2007 programmes were developed based on the National Society (NS) Strategic Development Plan, and aligned to the country's Fifth National Development Plan (FNDP) and the International Federation Global Agenda's Goals. Zambia Red Cross Society's (ZRCS) main activities included disaster preparedness and response, community-based health and care, HIV and AIDS prevention, home-based care (HBC), the promotion of Humanitarian Values and Fundamental

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Mozambique Appeal No. MAAMZ001 Report 2006 - 2007

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary: Mozambique Red Cross (1) (CVM) prioritized response to emergencies in order to meet the immediate needs of people affected by disasters such as an earthquake in February 2006, cholera outbreak in April 2006, flooding in January 2007, tropical cyclones in February 2007 and munitions explosion in March 2007. Through responding to the recurrent disasters, the National Society (NS) has gained experience in the provision of temporary shelter, relief items,

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Angola: Appeal No. MAAAO001 Report 2006 - 2007

This report covers the period of 01/01 2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary:

- Angola Red Cross (ARC) went through a change of leadership with the new secretary general and governing board chairperson appointed in 2007. The change process was designed to enhance the capacity of the headquarters to enable it to support the autonomous branches and work of the volunteers. ARC is progressing towards becoming a well-functioning national society (NS). The NS is recognised and respected