Emergency Flood Relief (Dispatch of an Advance Team) to the Republic of Mozambique

The following is a report on the implementation of emergency flood relief (dispatch of a medical team) to the Republic of Mozambique as authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 16 (Thu).

1. Emergency Situation

Continuous rains have fallen in Mozambique since mid-January, with the period of February 11-13 being particularly heavy. The most severe flooding seen in the country in 50 years struck five central and southern provinces (Sofala, Manica, Inhambane, Gaza, and Maputo), and has seriously affected populated areas and caused extensive properly damage. In some areas the flooding has isolated towns and villages, hampering such activities as relief operations and transport of supplies. In addition, the central water supply system in the capital city of Maputo has been severely damaged, leaving many of the city's residents without a secure water supply, and shelters in the city lack the space needed for the 100,000 people seeking refuge. The government of Mozambique has reported the number of dead to be 48 and the total number of persons affected to be 1 million.

2. Response of the Mozambican Government

On March 6 the government of Mozambique made a request to the government of Japan for dispatch of a medical

3. Response of the International Community

(1) EU $1.4 million
(2) United Kingdom $800,000
(3) Switzerland $410,000
(4) Germany $250,000
(5) UNICEF $160,000
(6) Portugal $150,000
(7) Norway $100,000

4. Response of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JICA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs received the request from the government of Mozambique, and authorized the dispatch of a medical team.

Team objectives:

The team will conduct examinations and provide treatment for persons affected by the flood.

Period of dispatch:

March 16 (Thu) to March 29 (Wed), 2000

The team is scheduled to depart from Narita Airport aboard flight JL 735 at 5:25 p.m., May 16.

Team composition:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 1; doctors: 3; nurses: 7; medical coordinators: 3; administrative coordinators: 5 (2 of which are attached to JICA overseas offices in South Africa and Malawi).