Mozambique floods: Update 08 Mar 2000

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 08 Mar 2000
Updates from the Field
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.

BEYOND MOZAMBIQUE

The devastating floods in southern Africa spread far beyond Mozambique. Here's a brief summary of WFP's regional aid response:

MADAGASCAR:

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.

ZIMBABWE:

WFP is working closely with other UN agencies to assess humanitarian needs arising from serious flooding.

BOTSWANA:

Immediate food aid needs of estimated 74,000 people affected by floods are being covered by existing government emergency budget.

WFP PRESS CONTACTS

Rome:
Trevor Rowe:
Office +39 06 6513 2602
Mobile +39 348 6099463

Francis Mwanza
Office +39 06 65132623

Jeffrey Rowland
Office +39 06 6513 2971

Mozambique Maputo:
Brenda Barton
Mobile +258 82 316642

Lindsey Davies
Mobile +258 82 316 642

Mozambique Beira:
Abigail Spring
Office +258 3 326 203/327 944

Geneva:
Christiane Berthiaume
Office +41 79 285 7304

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