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Mozambique floods: Update 09 Mar 2000

As Mozambique's worst floods in living memory recede, WFP's humanitarian operation faces a new challenge: feeding and helping to resettle hundreds of thousands of people.

Helicopters: 41
Total fixed wing aircraft : 15
Boats: 78 operating in Limpopo basin
Mobile Telecommunication Centers: 4


With search and rescue missions nearly complete, WFP, in coordination with the military, is now overseeing the distribution and delivery of food and other aid to 250,000 people in 74 reception centers.

WFP has set-up logistics bases at the capital city of Maputo and, 700 kilometers further north, in the port of Beira. Squadrons of WFP-coordinated helicopters are flying food out of these centers to the flooded Limpopo valley in the south and, further north, the Save river valley. But, as river levels drop and roads are repaired, the Agency plans to shift from air to land transport to deliver food.

On Wednesday, WFP sent its first 15 tonne truck, laden with food aid, down the main road from Beira to Save. On Tuesday, the first truckload of food since the beginning of the disaster reached Macia.

Lack of communications systems has been a severe handicap in Mozambique. But WFP's technical experts are setting-up a telecom and IT network linking reception camps at Masia, Xai-Xai and Choqwe with our logistic centers and the outside world.

Updates from the Field

March 9, 2000

WFP will fly to Mabalene on March 10 to check-out reports of estimated 20,000 people stranded by floods.

WFP has delivered more than 1,650 tonnes of food throughout Mozambique since the beginning of emergency operations on 11 February.

WFP is prepositioning food in the Zambezi / Chinde river delta area as a safeguard against further flooding.


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.