Mozambique

CARE's emergency response to the flooding in Mozambique

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Relief:
Emergency Centers: CARE has established two emergency centers - and is supporting a third - for thousands of evacuated flood victims in the Save River area, managing the distribution of food, shelter, blankets and medicines. To prevent the outbreak of diseases, CARE is building latrines, distributing chlorine tablets to purify water and is helping to repair the region's damaged water systems.

Rescue Support: To help locate people who - after going many days without food and water - are too weak to make their way to the centers, CARE workers are using a global positioning system (GPS) to establish map references to help direct helicopter rescue missions.

Communications Support: CARE is playing a vital role as the communications link for the many aid organizations working in the area. As the only organization in the group equipped with a satellite phone, CARE is able to relay messages and arrange for the delivery of supplies at a time when all other means of communication are blocked.

Fuel: To meet the urgent need for fuel and to help save time spent refueling, CARE is delivering fuel to the airport in Vilankulos, located 40 miles from the affected Save River area, so helicopters can refuel there instead of in Beira, which is another 20 miles (air distance) away.

Infrastructure Repair: CARE is working in Maputo, the capital, to help repair homes and critical infrastructure that were destroyed as a result of soil erosion caused by the heavy rains in early February. A CARE cash-for-work program is offering an immediate source of income for people who are being paid to clear thousands of tons of silt from aged, long-neglected storm drains to prevent storm gullies from further expanding and destroying the community's homes, schools and critical infrastructure.

Recovery:

Once the weather stabilizes and the floodwaters recede further, CARE will coordinate with other relief agencies to implement a plan for recovery. It is expected that CARE will manage the repair of water systems and agricultural rehabilitation in Northern Inhambane Province and erosion control efforts in Maputo City. These activities coincide with existing CARE programs in the region.

Water and Sanitation: All shallow wells in the flooded area have been contaminated. To prevent the spread of infectious disease, CARE will help repair wells by pumping them dry, chlorinating them and fixing any damaged hand pumps. CARE also will provide communities with hygiene education and training in pump and well maintenance and repair.

Agriculture: Affected areas throughout Northern Inhambane have suffered extensive crop damage due to excessive rains, Cyclone Eline and the flooding around Nova Mambone. Many families have lost their crops, livestock and farming tools. CARE will help with the immediate replanting of short-duration vegetable crops, such as sweet potatoes, by providing seeds and agricultural tools.

Infrastructure Repair in Maputo: CARE will work with engineers to find technical solutions for making the area's homes and infrastructure more stable and secure.