Mozambique - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 15

Ref. OCHA/GVA - 2000/0046
OCHA Situation Report No. 15
Mozambique - Floods
8 March 2000


1. The water levels of the rivers in the central and southern regions of the country are dropping and road access is improving.

2. Since 6 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has assumed chairmanship of the daily coordination meeting at the Coordination Center in Maputo. A growing concern is that the provincial authorities do not have sufficient means to resume their functions effectively, as their offices were washed away in the flooding. The Government stated that the provincial governments in 5 provinces (Sofala, Manica, Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo) should be supported to respond to the situation effectively. UNDP is now considering a project to assist these provincial authorities and build up their capacity.

3. On 8 March, a group of some 20,000 persons was found stranded about 50 km from the town of Mabalane (Gaza province). A major military/UN Agency effort is underway to organize helicopters with personnel from UNICEF, WHO and WFP to provide emergency relief items for this group of people.

4. Currently, 74 accommodation centres are operational.

5. IOM, UNDP and OCHA have started working on the creation and management of a database for tracking humanitarian resources in Mozambique.

6. On 6 March, the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) delivered relief items to Chokwe, Chibuto, Chacalane, 7 de Abril and Macia. On the same day, WFP was able to transport 125 tons of food aid, 6% of which was delivered by road. Logistic capacities have been strengthened day by day. Air assets have been fully utilized. Road access is expected to be further improved as more and more roads become accessible as the waters recede and emergency repair works continue.

Report from the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) Coordination Center

7. The information below is based on the situation report provided by the INGC Coordination Center on the situation in specific locations and sectoral needs.

8. The Zambeze River (Sofala and Zambezia provinces) has not flooded, but the provincial Government has evacuated 200 families in Chinde district as a preventive measure. In Zumbo district (Tete province bordering with Zambia and Zimbabwe) the water level has risen to the level of the local airport. A state of emergency has not been declared, though authorities have warned people to be on alert.

9. Health: The most frequently reported diseases continue to be malaria, diarrhoea (cholera), skin diseases, and respiratory diseases. Despite the number of cases of cholera reported in Maputo and Sofala provinces, there is no cholera epidemic. In Nova Mambone and Doane (Inhambane province), the number of cases of malaria has risen from 85 last week, to 340 today. The stock of medicines in each district is believed to be sufficient for the time being. These stocks will need to be maintained to ensure there is no interruption of treatment. One of the main difficulties continues to be the lack of access to certain areas.

Planned actions:

  • Establishing emergency health posts in locations where there is limited access to health facilities.
  • Placing medical and sanitation equipment in these emergency health posts.
  • Evaluating damage to health infrastructure and needs for personnel. WHO is planning to bring medical staff from Portuguese-speaking countries.
  1. Water/Sanitation: With assistance from UNICEF, a generator for Chibuto has been procured. Teams have been sent to Chókwè (supported by MSF) and Xai-Xai (supported by UNICEF) to evaluate the damage to water and sanitation infrastructure.

The immediate needs are for:

  • A large capacity motor-pump to drain the dykes in Xai-Xai and Chókwè
  • Pumps to clean boreholes and wells
  • Chlorine to disinfect wells
  • Evaluation of the basins of the Limpopo, Save and Buzi Rivers.
  1. Infrastructure: Work has been continuing on the National Road 1 repairs. It is now possible to reach Macia (light vehicles only) from Maputo.

12. Shelter/Accommodation Centres/Non-Food Items:

Pande Camp:
819 people are accommodated here, of which 11 are unaccompanied children. It still has only one water pump, which is in danger of breaking down due to overuse. There are insufficient latrines, and those that exist are not being used.

Save Camp:
735 people are accommodated here, of which 46 are unaccompanied children. It is still receiving water by truck. There are insufficient latrines, and those that exist are not being used.

Mahave Camp:
There are 455 people in this transit camp. It is still receiving water by truck. The high level of the water table in this area is preventing the digging of latrines. Latrine construction materials are therefore needed.

Mambulo Camp:
This camp developed spontaneously on high ground about 1.5km from Mahave. There are now 972 people here. It is drawing good quality water from a well.

International response

13. Information on contributions is often reaching OCHA from multiple sources. Therefore, in order to avoid duplications/omissions and subsequently to allow for accurate contribution tracking and coordination, donors are strongly urged to verify the contributions and inform OCHA Geneva of corrections/additions as required, using the form provided.

14. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions for the immediate relief needs. Funds channelled through OCHA will be spent in co-ordination with the relevant organisations of the UN system and OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds should be transferred to OCHA Account No. CO-590.160.1 SWIFT-code UBSWCHZ12A - at the UBS AG, PO Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, with reference: OCHA - Mozambique - Floods 2000.

15. For co-ordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding value by item.

16. Any future updates on contributions to this disaster may be found by clicking on Financial Tracking at the top of the page for this disaster on the OCHA Internet Website ( Donors are requested to verify this table and inform OCHA Geneva of corrections/additions/values. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva of their contributions to this disaster using the OCHA Standardized Contributions Recording Format, available electronically in the above mentioned Financial Tracking Website.

17. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: <br> <br>

Telephone number: + 41-22-917-1234


In case of emergency only: + 41 22 917 2010

Desk Officers: Mr. Klaus Wiersing/Ms. Yasuko Sawada,
Disaster Response Branch, direct Tel: + +41 22 917 2270/41 22 917 1768

Contact person for the media: Mr. Donato Kiniger-Passigli, direct tel: +41-22-917-2653

Telex 41 42 42 ocha ch
Fax: + 41 22 917 0023 <br>



UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit