CWS Emergency Appeal: Mozambique Floods 2001

Originally published
Signed by the Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS Executive Director
SITUATION: As in 2000, Mozambique once again faces serious flooding. This time the flooding is in the Zambezi river basin in the provinces of Zambezia, Tete, Sofala and Manica.

A tropical depression hit the coast of Zambezia Province between January 20-25, resulting in heavy rain and localized flooding in the districts of Nicoadala, Namacurra, Maganja da Costa, Pebane, Inhassunge, Chinde, Mopeia, and Morrumbala in Zambezia Province. Torrential rains later moved inland across Sofala, Manica and Tete provinces in Mozambique and into Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This caused extensive flooding of the Zambezi river basin.

The government has reported that more than 400,000 people have been affected, 70,000 displaced, and at least 52 are dead from drowning. In contrast to last year's flooding there has been fewer casualties and fewer displaced persons, but the affected people have lost their houses, household goods, and almost all their crops. Many are without food.

RESPONSE: Two CWS partners, Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM) and the Presbyterian Church of Mozambique (PCM), responded to the flooding in 2000 and are now responding, as well, to this year's destructive flooding.

As members of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network, and building on lessons learned in the 2000 floods and subsequent evaluations, CCM and PCM have worked on a joint response to the needs of communities affected by the flooding. This includes a joint assessment mission (including aerial surveys) and co-ordination with non-ACT agencies.

The areas of response proposed in the appeal include relief food distribution; household items (including kitchen utensils, blankets and tools), water and sanitation, seeds and tools, shelter. The project completion date is June 30, 2001.

The network's overall goal is to provide relief assistance to the affected communities where agencies have a presence, while demonstrating a working
model of the ACT network co-ordination on the ground.

Each agency has developed its own objectives specific to the nature of its proposed response.

CCM intends to support UNICEF, among others, in responding to the current flooding in Zambézia Province. This includes providing logistical support for the assessment needs of the current situation; pre-positioning in Quelimane Town 2,000 family kits containing blankets, clothing and survival kits; providing chloro tablets to 12,000 families in Quelimane Town, Nicoadala and Namacurra in conjunction with Unicef and the Red Cross; provide 200 water filters to 200 families in Nicoadala, Namacurra and Quelimane to enable clean water for drinking.

CCM's long-term goal is to develop an action plan with the communities with which CCM is working, including disaster preparedness training.

PCM's objectives are to provide 5,000 homecoming kits for distribution in Mutarara and to assist in the reduction of food aid dependencies by provision of seeds and tools in time for second season planting, if needed.


PCM's total budget is $328,942, which includes $227,756 for non-food support; $27,985 for material transport and storage; $29,000 for capital equipment; $23,340 for personnel and administration.

CCM's budget is $483,535 and includes $266,200 for non-food assistance; $29,625 for material transport; $60,000 for capital equipment; $101,210 for personnel, administration, operations and support.

CWS RESPONSE: CWS is urging strong denominational support for CCM and IPM and is seeking $200,000 in denominational support for this appeal.

For further details about the response, including specific budget items, contact CWS ERP. Or visit the ACT web site at

To support Church World Service Response efforts in Mozambique, please send support to Account # 6422.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE, Attn. Mozambique Floods 2001, Account #6422, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. Phone pledges or credit card donations: 1-800-297-1516, ext. 222. On-line contributions to: <>

Call the CWS HOTLINE for updates: (800) 297-1516. For further information about disasters to which Church World Service is responding, contact CWS Emergency Response.

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