- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
Flooding in Mozambique has forced tens of thousands from their homes along the Zambezi river valley, following weeks of heavy rain.
According to government figures, at least 60,000 people have now fled low-lying areas, and up to 500,000 have been affected as homes and crops are washed away.
So far, the government and local agencies are coping well with the crisis.
The Mozambican government's National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) is co-ordinating relief efforts, including the evacuation by boat or helicopter of those most at risk.
Local agencies, including …
Thirteen years after the end of the civil war in Mozambique there are still millions of guns scattered around the country waiting to be swapped for tools of reconstruction.
During the 16-year brutal civil war in Mozambique that ended in 1992, many young boys on their way to school were conscripted at gun point. Those who tried to escape were shot.
A Christian Aid policy briefing
Kato Lambrechts and Gweneth Barry
While recent food surveys across the southern Africa region are generally more positive for the coming year, poor farming communities remain particularly vulnerable to food shortages and anxiously await the main maize harvest in April/May. To further add to the region's problems, tropical cyclone Japhet has hit southern Mozambique and parts of Zambia and Zimbabwe bringing strong winds and heavy rains.
Christian Aid's Southern Africa Food Emergency appeal is underway and thanks to the generosity of supporters, churches and corporate donors gifts made now, are making a real difference to those suffering as a result of the food shortages. Continuing donations will enable Christian Aid partners to provide food aid where it is most needed as well as seeds, tools and fertiliser to provide the chance of a future harvest.
Nearly 14 million people in the southern Africa region risk starvation in the coming months after a lethal combination of floods, droughts, poor harvests, and mismanagement of national grain reserves have decimated their harvests and their livelihoods.
Christian Aid is this week launching an
emergency appeal for southern Africa, currently suffering from one of its
most acute food shortages in living memory.
'We urgently need money in order to increase our ability to respond to the crisis in some of the worst affected areas,' said Tony Dykes, head of Christian Aid's southern Africa team.
More than twelve million people in southern
African countries like Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia are facing starvation.
Last year there were serious floods in the region while this year there
has not been enough rain.
While the floods went largely unnoticed internationally, suddenly news media outlets have picked up on a human disaster in the making in southern Africa. In fact while climatic factors have sparked this crisis, it has been exacerbated by a swathe of slow-building economic and political factors combining to create potential catastrophe.
The devastating floods that engulfed Mozambique in early February 2000, after the highest rainfall in southern Africa for 50 years, have affected nearly two million people of which over 650,000 are in urgent need of major assistance. Homes, crops and communities were devastated and many have been destroyed. Roads and bridges were swept away as was much of Mozambique's rural infrastructure. Rebuilding the country's shattered infrastructure will take years, provisional estimates say it will cost between $65 million and $500 million.
Funds raised by the DEC and Southern Africa appeals
Landmines are now the hidden menace facing Mozambique, already shattered by floods that have left 1 million people homeless, Christian Aid can reveal.
A Christian Aid-supported organisation is rescuing people from the floodwaters around Chibuto in Mozambique using a borrowed boat. Those saved say they saw the helicopters pass over them but believe they could not be seen in the muddy water.