THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2(a) and Article 13 thereof;
(1) Since early January this year, incessant rains in the Southern Africa region have affected thousands of people and caused damage and destruction to houses, schools, health centers, infrastructure and crops. Mozambique is the most affected country with close to 200,000 people affected and over 169,000 displaced, the majority of them woman and children. More rains are expected and most rivers remain above red alert levels.
(2) An extraordinary meeting of the Mozambican Coordination Council of Disaster Management (CCGC), held on 22 January 2013, resulted in the declaration of a red alert and the full activation of the National Emergency Operations Centre (CENOE) and National Civil Protection Unit (UNAPROC), supported by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), which signalled the affected communities' need for humanitarian assistance.