Mozambique: Floods Emergency appeal MDRMZ010

This Emergency Appeal now seeks CHF 856,325 in cash, kind, or services to support the Mozambique Red Cross (CVM) to assist 28,500 beneficiaries (5,700 families) for 7 months. The operation will be completed by the end of September, 2013. A Final Report will be made available by 31 December, 2013 (three months after the end of the operation.

Appeal coverage: 31%

Appeal History:

· This appeal was originally launched on a preliminary basis on 1 February, 2013 for CHF 662,337 to assist 15,000 beneficiaries for 6 months,

· Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 300,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

· An Operation Update No. 1 was issued on 19 February to inform on funding, ongoing assessment and ERU deployment.

Summary

The heaviest flooding in over a decade to hit southern Mozambique has affected over 243,671 people and destroyed towns and livelihoods.

The hardest hit is Gaza Province, where 175,693 people have been displaced. People have been relocated to temporary accommodation camps across the region, where conditions are substandard. The government has launched an institutional ‘Red Alert’ which prevents displaced families from returning to flood-damaged homes. However, the situation is evolving rapidly and people are returning to their homes nevertheless.

An IFRC FACT team has been supporting CVM since early February to assess the situation and coordinate with other agencies to plan a response. Two Emergency Response Units, (ERU) have been deployed to Gaza province to deliver mass sanitation and health assistance to the affected communities, and to support the CVM in logistics and distribution. With the rainy season due to last until the end of April, contingency plans have been built into the operation to allow flexibility to respond to the rapidly evolving situation.

To date, cash contributions have been received from Danish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross Society, VERF/WHO Voluntary Emergency Relief and in-kind donations by French Red Cross (non-food items and RDRT support). The FACT team has been supported by Australian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, French Red Cross, German Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross and Spanish Red Cross. The Mass Sanitation Module (MSM20) has been provided by British Red Cross with the support of Swedish Red Cross and the Community Health Module (CHM) has been contributed by the Canadian Red Cross Society. Human resources for logistics and relief ERU pools have been provided by the Spanish Red Cross and the French Red Cross. On behalf of CVM, IFRC would like to thank these donors for their generous contributions to the Mozambique floods Emergency Appeal.