Mozambique - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 24

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 11 Apr 2000
Ref: OCHA/GVA-2000/0076
OCHA Situation Report No. 24
Mozambique - Floods
11 April 2000

Situation

1. Tropical storm, 'Hudah,' dissipated over land in the south of the Nampula province after it swept through northern and central Mozambique. According to the National Institute of Meteorology, 'Hudah' affected mainly the coastal districts of Pebane, Moma and Angoche (Zambezia province).

2. Angoche, Moma and Mogincual experienced heavy rains on 4 and 5 April, while there were no reports on substantial damages to infrastructures. A preliminary estimate shows that 1 hostel, 1 agricultural house, a market and a district administration building have been damaged in Pebane. It is reported that 2 schools were damaged and approximately 160 boarding school children had to be accommodated in alternative shelter. In Moma, some 60 ha. of cropland and 63 houses were destroyed. One death and 4 casualties have been reported.

3. Assessments (flight survey) were conducted in Quelimane, Maquival, Macuze, Pebane, Moma, Naburi and Mualama on 8 and 9 April:

Flood damage: In the area between Quelimane and Pebane, there is some standing water. However, there is little evidence of large scale flooding. Some small rivers in the Quelimane area overflowed marginally. The town of Moma had some standing water in the nearby area, while there is no visible damage by the cyclone.

Wind damage: In the area between Quelimane and Pebane, there is evidence of wind damage. A grove of coconut trees had a number of trees blown down, which caused damages to the roofs of houses.

Damages to infrastructure: Most of the roads seemed passable except the one between Naburi and Mualama. A closer inspection would be required on the ground for a complete assessment.

Power lines: In Pebane, a power line was damaged, while a team was already repairing it.

Pebane airfield: It appeared to be in good condition.

Minimal damages to infrastructure were observed. It was concluded that it should be possible that the damages be repaired by the district level authorities without additional aid.

4. In the south, the water level of the Umbeluzi, Incomati and Limpopo rivers has been decreasing slowly. The water level of the Save river has increased slightly. The water level of the Buzi river and its tributaries has dropped, mainly due to the discontinuation of discharges from the Chicamba dam.

International response

5. WFP continues its food aid deliveries by air, road and by boat. As of 5 April, WFP delivered at least 6,500 tonnes since the beginning of the emergency operation on 11 February.

6. Agricultural kits have been delivered to 9,432 households in Chokwe, 884 households in Magude, 3,969 households in Machanga and 4,000 households in Xai-Xai district. The INGC reported that officials in the agricultural sector remain concerned over the lack of donor response to the needs of the livestock sector. Vaccination against Newcastle disease for chickens is especially important, as chicken constitutes a substantial source of protein for the diet of Mozambicans.

7. The INGC reported that the incidence of acute diarrhoea in Maputo city and province began to increase sharply from 56 cases in the first week of March to 1,258 cases in the last week of March. A total of 2,959 cases of acute diarrhoea, including 35 deaths, were reported in Maputo city and province in the first months of the year. According to a rapid nutrition survey conducted by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF in five accommodation centers in Gaza and Inhambane provinces, 0.4% of children suffer from severe malnutrition and 6% suffer from mild to moderate malnutrition. The incidence of diarrhoea is very high among the severely and moderately malnourished children.

8. The Joint Logistics Operation Centre reported that there are 35 aircraft/helicopters available for emergency operations. Heavy-capacity aircraft (such as C-130 and C-160) are reported to be lacking.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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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