Mozambique floods: Update 08 Mar 2000
WFP food stocks in Mozambique total more than 8,000 metric tons. More than 18,500 tons are currently on the way.
WFP is drawing up plans to assist hundreds of thousands of flood victims who will need assistance for at least six months.
Mozambique government continues to repair roads, railways and bridges. Within days, WFP expects to deliver food aid via truck and train.
The devastating floods in southern Africa spread far beyond Mozambique. Here's a brief summary of WFP's regional aid response:
WFP estimates more than half a million people need emergency supplies in areas hit successively by cyclones Eline and Gloria. After a rapid food assessment earlier this week, WFP has decided to airlift 25 metric tons of emergency rations to the coastal town of Manhanoro. A further 375 tons will be sent to affected areas, including Antalaha and Vatomandry in the northeast and Belo-Tsiribihina in the west.
WFP is working closely with other UN agencies to assess humanitarian needs arising from serious flooding.
Immediate food aid needs of estimated 74,000 people affected by floods are being covered by existing government emergency budget.
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