Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
On 12 Jan 2013, the Mozambique authorities declared an orange alert due to heavy rains. Small-scale flooding resulted in nine deaths and affected over 18,000 people throughout the country. (UN Resident Coordinator, 20 Jan 2013)
On 22 Jan, an institutional red alert was declared by the Disaster Management Coordination Council. By 20 Feb, at least 113 people had been killed and over 185,000 people had been temporarily displaced by the floods. (UN Resident Coordinator, 20 Feb 2013) The institutional red alert was lifted on 12 Mar. Although weather conditions had improved, and affected populations had returned with the closure of temporary centers, there was still a need for humanitarian assistance. (UN Resident Coordinator, 20 Mar 2012)
The initial Response and Recovery Proposal issued in January sought $30.6 million to enable humanitarian partners to support the Government in addressing the needs of 150,000 flood-affected persons in Gaza Province for the period of six months. As of 24 Apr, a total of $19 million was contributed, covering 97.8% of all the humanitarian relief needs. However, only $4.3 million was received to cover early recovery activities. The Consolidated Early Recovery Strategy and Needs Assessment Report issued in May sought US$ 11.7 million for addressing early recovery needs for 140,000 people for a period of three months, from 30 Apr to 30 Jul, and to support long-term resilience building.
In response to the flooding of 2013 and the subsequently displaced population of over 150,000 persons, the government of Mozambique established voluntary relocation sites for the most vulnerable districts in Gaza Province. These locations will offer refuge should the area be hit by another natural disaster.
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Regional Update (updated 16 of May 2014)
Despite an erratic and delayed start of season, the overall regional perspective reflects that the 2014/15 consumption season in terms of cereals supplies is much better than last year’s with bumper harvests being recorded in Zambia, South Africa and an improvement in Zimbabwe compared to last season.Malawi and Mozambique are expecting good production despite late onset of rains and localized mid-season dryness. Angola and Namibia were more negatively affected by adverse weather conditions during the season.
Mozambique - IOM has received USD 1 million from Japan to improve displacement tracking and disaster preparedness in Mozambique’s southern province of Gaza, which was badly affected by flooding in 2013.
The project, in close cooperation with Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and local police, will help to register and track internally displaced persons (IDPs) in relocation sites established after the 2013 floods.
Period covered by this Final Report: 1 March to 30 November 2013
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,466,456 Appeal coverage: 94%
A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 1 February for CHF 662,337 in cash, kind, or services to support the Mozambique Red Cross Society (CVM) to assist 15,000 beneficiaries over 6 months.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF):
CHF 300,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support CVM in its initial rapid response.
Heavy rainfall forecast for flood-affected areas of southern Africa
Consistently heavy rains over the past few weeks have caused flooding, overflowing of rivers, infrastructure damage, and have displaced people in many local areas of central and eastern Zambia, including the Luano Valley, Kitwe, and Chipata regions. Heavy downpours are forecast to continue during the next outlook period, which could exacerbate ground conditions.
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In West Africa, market supplies improved throughout the region in October due to average ongoing harvests. Carryover stocks were average to above-average in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Benin but below-average in many areas of the Niger and Nigeria due to the effects flood and conflict that disrupted the marketing system in 2012 and early 2013. Stable rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-5).
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
• Planting in southern regions for the 2013/14 cropping season began in October
• Cereal production in 2013 increased by about 2 percent over the previous year’s level
• Maize prices rise more steeply in central and northern markets
• Overall food security situation is stable, with second season harvests in southern areas improving food availability
• As the lean season (October to March) sets in, the majority of rural households across the country are currently facing Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1). The overall favorable food security conditions are due largely to existing food stocks from the main 2012/13 cropping season, the availability of diversified food crops from the second season, and adequately supplied markets.
1.1 SITUATION REVIEW In early 2013, severe seasonal flooding hit southern Mozambique and caused widespread damage to infrastructure, while displacing segments of the population. In the lower Limpopo river basin flooding caused damage to road infrastructure and interrupted regular supply routes. Camps were set up to support displaced populations and relief items were moved into the affected areas. An estimated 150,000 people were initially thought to have been displaced with the number expected to rise as the rainy season continued over the course of the operation.
In West Africa, cereals trade between the region’s surplus and deficit zones increased in September. Staple food prices remained stable throughout most of the central basin in September as producers and traders sold remaining stocks from above-average 2012 harvests. Cereal prices were stable or increased in many structurally-deficit areas as the lean season can to an end. Rice imports from international markets contributed to adequate food availability the Western Basin (Pages 3-5).
Period covered by this update: 20 August 2013 to 14 October, 2013
Appeal Target (current): CHF 2,044,428
Appeal coverage: 75%
A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 1 February for CHF 662,337 in cash, kind, or services to support the Mozambique Red Cross Society (CVM) to assist 15,000 beneficiaries over 6 months
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 300,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support CVM in its initial rapid response.
Thousands of flood victims still await resettlement
Inhassoro (Mozambique), 24 Sep (AIM) – Thousands of victims of the 2007 floods in the Zambezi Valley, in central Mozambique, have not yet been resettled, over six years later.
This sombre fact is contained in the report from the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC) to the meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Ministry of State Administration, under way in Inhassoro in the southern province of Inhambane.