Torrential rains from 4-7 February 2000 compounded the flooding already caused by seasonal rainfall, leading to the worst flooding in southern Mozambique in nearly half a century. Heavy rainfall in neighbouring South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland exacerbated the situation. Tropical cyclone "Eline" dumped further heavy rain over 21-22 February on the country, causing further loss of life and damage to infrastructure.
Latest assessments issued by the United Nations places the number of flood victims at 650,000, amongst which 450,000 have been displaced and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, notably shelter, food and water, and health care. Outbreaks of water-borne diseases, such as cholera and malaria, are further threatening the Mozambican flood victims, many of whom have lost their homes, livestock and crops.
The international community has so far provided over US$118 million in response to the United Nations appeal for assistance. This figure does not include support from NGOs, Red Cross and donations in kind.
At the outset of the emergency, Australia immediately announced $150,000 to UNICEF to assist in providing medical supplies and $100,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP) to help in delivering emergency food aid.
As the severity of the flooding became clear, the Government contributed a further $1.5 million. WFP received $500,000 to support their rescue and food distribution operations, and $1 million will be provided to international agencies to support rehabilitation work.
Zimbabwe and South Africa are also experiencing serious flooding. Additional funding of $250,000 was made available to Australian diplomatic missions in Zimbabwe and South Africa to support local activities to assist victims of this natural disaster.
On 22 March, the United Nations issued an updated appeal for a further US$102 million to cover 6 months from March 2000.
How to Help:
If Australians wish to assist the flood victims, they should make a cash donation to one of the emergency appeals issued by Australian aid organisations. All the organisations listed below are signatory to the Australia Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA) Code of Conduct.
ADRA Australia: 1800 242 372
AngliCORD: 1800 249 880
Australian Red Cross: 1800 811 700
Australan Lutheran World Service: 02 6021 5329
CAA Oxfam Australia: 1800 088 110
CARE Australia: 1800 020 046
Caritas Australia: 1800 024 413
Marist Mission Centre: 02 9816 3187
National Council of Churches Aust.: 1800 025 101
SIMAID: 02 9525 8355
TEAR Australia: 1800 244 986
UNICEF Australia: 1800 025 192
World Vision Australia: 13 32 40