Mozambique: Flooding - Office of the Resident Coordinator, Situation Report No. 5 (as of 20 March 2013)

Report
from UN Country Team in Mozambique
Published on 20 Mar 2013

Highlights

  • On 12 March the Council of Minister has lifted up the institutional red alert, as a result of the improvement of the situation in flood affected areas of Gaza and Zambezia provinces. However, the lift up of red alert does not mean that all needs were covered on the contrary there are still humanitarian relief needs in the return and resettlement sites.
  • Temporary camps in Gaza and Zambezia were closed and people had returned to their places of origin or resettled as water had mostly receded and risk of new flooding or natural shocks is at this moment minimum. In those areas there is an urgent need to prevent that affected population get to use extreme coping strategies for survival as their livelihoods have been totally or partially affected.
  • In the agriculture sector preliminary assessment indicates about 266.698ha were affected by floods of which 210.587ha of cultivated land have been destroyed. Therefore, seeds and agricultural tools are urgently needed.
  • Government and partners are now conducting in-depth sectoral assessment in Gaza and Zambezia Provinces to look at environment impact and early recovery needs.