Mozambique: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 8

Situation Report
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OCHA Situation Report 8


- The effects of Tropical Cyclone Favio are being felt in the province of Inhambane. Strong local rains are expected as a result of the cyclone (between 60-75mm over 24 hours).

- About 70 people are reported injured in connection with the cyclone. Four deaths were reported.

- According to Mozambique's National Meteorology Institute (INAM), Tropical Cyclone Favio is getting weaker and reached the expiration phase. Strong winds with destructive effects have ceased.

- In the meantime, heavy rains are predicted in the central region of Mozambique (50-100 mm/24 hours) and strong winds in Manica, Sofala and the South of Tete Province, reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h.

- On 22 February, heavy rains and strong winds reached Sofala Province. The cyclone also affected Caia district, where INGC has set up its frontline platform to assist the flood victims in the Zambezi River Valley.


1. As of 22 February, the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) estimates that approximately 139,944 people have been displaced due to the floods. An estimated 87,430 people are currently in the accommodation centres and 52,514 in the resettlement centres that were established after the 2001 floods.



2. Portugal donated 25 tents to UNICEF to be used in the emergency. These tents might be used in the areas affected by the Favio cyclone.


3. According to an assessment by a UNICEF team, access is a problem in some areas of Zambézia province, due to the limited number of boats available. More boats are therefore needed.

4. Improvement in the situation is seen in Tambara, Manica. According to INGC, three centres of this district are moving to better conditions. There is an indication that some displaced people have been returning home. Partners assessing the area, such as Concern, report that priority needs are food, tents, medical supplies and education materials.


5. Conjunctivitis is becoming a major public health concern in Caia, Mopeia and Mutarara. UNICEF reports that sufficient stocks of treatment are available in the affected areas. As of 22 February, no cases of cholera or measles were reported in affected areas.

6. Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in centres in Caia has been interrupted due to the arrival of the Tropical Cyclone Flavio. Local authorities are coordinating effective malaria prevention.

7. CONCERN provides funds to UNAIDS to use the kits kept for the military to be tailored to the emergency situation, and leaflets to be translated in the local languages. WFP will transport and distribute the kits with the food.

8. The Ministry of Health Thursday 22 February sent tents and medicine to deal particularly with trauma cases of those affected by the cyclone.


9. Results of a nutrition survey in four centres in Mutarara are due today. The survey was conducted by the Tete Provincial Directorate of Health.


10. The Ministry of Interior (MINT) is developing a plan for policing all centers in flood affected areas. Under the MINT framework, UNFPA will support the training of 50 police on Gender Based Violence in Zambézia, while UNICEF will support the training of 40 police in Sofala, 10 in Manica and 50 in Tete.


11. WFP has distributed food through its cooperating partners to 42,700 people in five affected districts.

12. In Chinde, Zambézia, German Agro Action (GAA) is providing food assistance in partnership with WFP. A boat provided by Mozambican NGO Kulima is used by GAA to transport food and other supplies.

13. CAFOD and TROCAIRE are working in partnership with missionary stations in affected areas. Results of an assessment done in Tete, Zambézia and Sofala will be available on Monday 26 February.

14. SC-Alliance plans to use cash as a support modality during the early recovery. The alliance is operating in Mopeia, where communication and logistics are difficult and boats have to be used.

15. FHI provided food to 12,000 people in Chupanga, Dauda and Chiramba. FHI is also providing water and sanitation support and will contribute in the nutrition rehabilitation activities.

16. Through its local partners Concern is providing backstopping to operations in Chinde and Tambara, where some 4,200 people are settled without shelter and water and sanitation. Concern plans to procure and supply maize to these sites to cover the supply gap until WFP food arrives.


17. The Government is preparing an action plan for the cyclone post-emergency rehabilitation. The document would be ready to be submitted to the Council of Ministers by Tuesday 27 February.

18. An ad hoc meeting of the Inter Agency Steering Committee of the Mozambican Humanitarian Partners was held on February 23. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the preparation of the UN/Humanitarian Partners appeal to the emergency situation in the country.

19. A government coordinated team calculated the additional supply needs for the next three weeks to cover all areas in Mopeia and Morrumbala to ensure that these needs are met.

MAP: Mozambique: Floods Update - Situation Map

Contact Details:

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

UN Resident Coordinator (Mozambique) Mr. Ndolamb Ngokwey, Tel: + 258-21-485-158
OCHA Regional Office for Southern Africa (South Africa) Mr. Jean-Luc Tonglet, Tel: + 27-11-517-1595
Desk Officer (New York) Ms. Mette Tangen, Tel: + 1-917-367-3001

Press contact: (Geneva) Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, Tel. +41-22-917 2653
Press contact: (New York) Ms. Ms. Stephanie Bunker, Tel: +1-917-367-5126

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