Southern Africa: Floods Situation Report No. 5 (as of 08 February 2013)
Since October 2012, floods in Mozambique have killed a total of 97 people, of which 69 people have been killed since the major flooding began in January 2013.
In total, an estimated 213,000 people have been affected by floods in Mozambique since October 2012, the majority having been affected since January 2013. The total number temporarily displaced people in the most affected province, Gaza, is around 140,000.
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) disbursed $5.13 million to UN agencies to provide immediate life-saving assistance in Mozambique. The CERF allocation will form part of the larger Response and Recovery Proposal, which seeks $30.6 million from the international community to support the Government of Mozambique to help 150,000 people affected by the floods for six months.
Floods in southern Malawi have displaced over 33,000 people, leaving many without shelter or clothing. Crops have been destroyed, while over 20 schools have been disrupted, affecting thousands of children.
In Madagascar, Tropical Cyclone Felleng caused the deaths of 9 people, affected 4,958 people, and displaced 1,303 people, all of whom have since returned to their homes. Furthermore, an estimated 162 houses were totally destroyed, 54 partially destroyed, and 670 houses flooded.
This is only the beginning of the peak of the flood and cyclone season, which stretches from January to April. Even though national disaster management agencies have improved their systems throughout the region, if there was to be a significant increase in the number of people affected, greater support from the international humanitarian community would be needed, as government recourses are limited and levels of relief stocks low.
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