Mozambique - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 8

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA-2000/0028
Mozambique - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 8
23 February 2000

A United Nations Inter-Agency Appeal for Emergency Relief and Initial Rehabilitation for over USD 13 Million has been launched upon request from the Government of Mozambique (The full document is available on the OCHA Internet Website at: and a hardcopy is available at OCHA Geneva)

1. Today, 23 February 2000, the United Nations has launched an Inter-Agency Appeal for Emergency Relief and Initial Rehabilitation for USD 13,631,885 million to assist 300,000 persons directly affected, having lost either their houses or livelihoods. UN agencies targeting this population - UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, WHO, FAO, UNESCO, UNFPA and OCHA - aim to provide assistance in the following sectors: food, shelter, health, water and sanitation, education, communication and co-ordination up to 15 August 2000. This appeal is a part of the Government's requirements to address the flood emergency totalling USD 65 million. On 23 February, the Appeal was disseminated at a donor meeting in Maputo chaired by Mr. Leonardo Simao, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, and Mr. Emmanuel Dierckx de Casterle, United Nations Resident Co-ordinator.

2. On 10 February 2000, the Government of Mozambique had launched a provisional appeal for emergency humanitarian assistance following severe flooding, which initially affected mainly Maputo and Matola cities. Since then, the flooding has also affected much of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane provinces in the south, as well as central portions of Mozambique, namely Sofala and Manica Provinces, leading to a drastic increase in needs for emergency rescue and relief assistance. This Inter-Agency Appeal is an update of the above preliminary appeal.

3. Based on Government's progressive assessments, damage to the infrastructure is extensive. Urgent repairs are required to roads, bridges, railway and electricity networks. In addition, the authorities have identified infrastructural requirements specific to the resettlement programme. Donors are urged to consider the Government requirements for contributions through bilateral or other channels.

4. It should be noted that a number of contributions have already been made towards this emergency, as reported by UN agencies. Contribution updates are provided in the situation reports produced by the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) - Geneva. Updated information on the flood situation can be obtained at the following webpage:

5. Funds channelled through OCHA will be spent in co-ordination with the Government and the relevant UN system agencies. OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds channelled through OCHA should be transferred to 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.

6. 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.

7. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: For additional information, please contact responsible Desk of the OCHA Disaster Response Branch.

Telephone number: + 41-22-917-1234
In case of emergency only: + 41 22 917 2010

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