OCHA Situation Report No. 20
Mozambique - Floods
22 March 2000
1. On 22 March 2000, in Maputo,
an updated International Appeal for USD 102 million towards emergency relief
and rehabilitation was launched by the Government of Mozambique in
collaboration with the United Nations agencies
(The full document will be available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int and a hardcopy will be available at OCHA Geneva)
2. This appeal, which is an update of the international appeal of 23 February, seeks USD 101,844,104 for 650,000 flood victims in Maputo, Gaza, Sofala, Inhambane, Manica and Tete provinces for 6 months until the end of August. The overall requirements are USD 160,535,650, and the Government of Mozambique has so far received contributions amounting to USD 58,691,546.
3. This update is the result of a collaborative effort between the Government, UN system - UNDP, FAO, WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA, UNEP/UNCHS (HABITAT) and OCHA ? as well as major NGOs. This appeal will cover ongoing emergency relief as well as emergency rehabilitation activities in the following sectors: food, emergency transportation, infrastructure, health and nutrition, education, child protection, gender equity, water and sanitation, environment, shelter, agriculture, mine action, and coordination. Its main purpose is to assist affected populations with basic needs through the rainy season (until end of March) and their reintegration into their towns and villages and return to normal life.
4. An update of the appeal launched in February was indeed necessary, as the appeal was designed to attend to the immediate needs for 300,000 persons. It did not envisage the deterioration of the situation aggravated by the impact of the cyclones on Mozambique and its neighbours started over the weekend of 26-27 February.
5. The appeal is intended to ensure there is no gap between the relief and reconstruction phases. The overall impact of the floods on the socio-economic conditions of the affected provinces needs to be further assessed, once the waters have subsided. Longer-term rehabilitation/reconstruction requirements will be discussed at the Reconstruction Conference scheduled to be held in Rome (Italy) at the end of April, under United Nations auspices. The conference, which the Italian Government has offered to host in Rome in late April 2000, will support the Government of Mozambique in managing the recovery of flood-affected areas without having to divert resources from its critical, ongoing poverty alleviation programmes. A Group chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs is currently formulating the concept papers for this conference (Situation Reports No.17 and No.18 refer)
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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 (http://www.reliefweb.int). 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.
10. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int.
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