Mozambique - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 4
1 June 1999
This is the final report on the flood emergency based on the outcome of the coordination meeting between the Government, UN agencies, donors and NGOs, held in mid-May in Maputo. The meeting took stock of the follow up to the Government's appeal and formally closed the emergency phase. Future efforts by Government agencies and their international partners will be directed towards rehabilitation programs particularly in the health and agricultural sectors. The meeting drew the following conclusions and lessons learned from the flood emergency:
Main Conclusions and Lessons Learned
1. The meeting noted the overall favorable reaction to the Government's appeal, resulting in more than 4.3 million USD worth of assistance from the international community. This corresponds to about 35% of the needs specified in the appeal. Sectors such as food aid and related logistics received close to the total amount requested, whereas health care and infrastructure requirements had a low response rate.
2. It was encouraging that some donors who hitherto had not been closely linked to issues of disaster management and response had shown their interest. The meeting attributed this fact to the wide coverage to the appeal given by the Government on the one hand and by the media and international community on the other hand. In particular the involvement of the Prime Minister, key ministries and high-level donor representatives from the very beginning of the emergency was crucial in effectively mobilizing donor interest and commitment.
3. The need for timely data and their rapid distribution among concerned actors stood out as an important lesson. This applied specifically to the requirements for seeds and agricultural tools. It was noted that although assistance in this sector did come forth, it would have benefited from more coordination. There was broad agreement that this segment of response to emergencies should be the subject of further analysis and subsequent improvements.
4. Damage assessment figures and estimates of population affected were considered to have been realistic in general. The meeting recommended for future appeals to clearly distinguish between short and longer-term needs, thus bringing in the country's development strategy.
5. According to an assessment by SIDA, the repairs of roads and bridges including improvements to the economically important north-south route links, would require 6 million USD. SIDA will make available half of the amount, leaving a shortfall of 3 million USD for which the meeting hoped donors would come forth.
Since the last situation report donations from Israel, the Republic of Korea and Singapore were received.
The attached contributions table contains data reported to OCHA Geneva by donors on the date of issue of this report. Any future updates on contributions 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).
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