Emergency phase of natural disasters ends in Mozambique

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LUANDA, Apr 13, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The emergency phase in response to recent disasters in Mozambique such as flooding in the Zambezi valley, and cyclone Favio that hit the southern province of Inhambane in February has ended, a relief official said Friday.

With the end of emergency activities, the phase of reconstruction now follows, Mozambique News Agency (AIM) quoted Paulo Zucula, director of Mozambique's National Disaster Management Institute (INGC), as saying.

Zucula said that the INGC's National Emergency Operations Center (CENOE) will now serve as a logistics center, and the accommodation centers created to house people displaced from their homes by the floods will be turned into resettlement centers, managed by the provincial governments.

In May, INGC will be handing the last kit of food products to the affected families, and also agricultural tools and seeds, to relaunch agriculture.

There should be no more donated food, Zucula said, and the INGC's idea is that by June food for work programs will have been launched.

Turning to the explosions of military arsenal, which struck Maputo on March 22, killing 103 people and wounding over 500 others, Zucula said that at least 1,300 houses were damaged in the explosions. Of these, 6 percent were completely destroyed, 24 percent suffered serious damage, and 70 percent suffered partial damage.

He said that the work to repair and rebuild these houses will cost about 9 million U.S. dollars, for which the government will assume the entire responsibility.