Mozambique floods: World Vision upgradesĀ  emergency to Category II

News and Press Release
Originally published
by Eleuterio Fenita & Lucia Rodrigues - World Vision Mozambique Communications

The flooding emergency in Mozambique has been upgraded to a Category II Emergency.

Severe flooding has left at least 29 people dead.

Another 60,000 people are currently housed in emergency shelters or resettlement areas, while 4,600 homes, 11 school rooms and four health centres have been partially or totally destroyed. The Government of Mozambique has declared the region on full alert, in what may be the worst floods since 2001 when over 100 people perished.

World Vision Mozambique has been working with Government authorities including the National Institute for Disaster Management, the World Food Program, FHI, Save the Children, Oxfam International and Care Mozambique, in order to prevent widespread catastrophe. 200 survival kits have been distributed by World Vision Mozambique to flood victims in Zambezi province. World Vision has also pre-positioned 120 tonnes of food in Mutarara for the affected population. More non-food items are being prepared for delivery to the area.

Following an aerial assessment of the entire Zambezi valley, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Coordinator Joseph Kamara reported that "water is quite spread out and some people who did not evacuate have been cut off by the water." A World Vision team has been ferrying people to higher land on a pre-positioned boat in Mutarara, Tete Province.

Following visits to affected areas in Mutarara, World Vision's Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, Lucia Rodrigues, said that "close to 2000 people from small islands on the Zambezi river are in need of urgent aid. Food stuffs and other assistance currently available will only take them through the week."

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) reports that further large-scale flooding is anticipated, following forecasts warning of more rain in the region, and the decision of the National Water Directorate (DNA) to further increase the discharge rate from the Cahora Bassa Dam in the upper Zambezi. The river Zambezia flood alert is normally five metres but has already passed the six metre mark. Between 50,000 and 300,000 people are at risk of being displaced, depending on the extent of the increased discharge from the Cahora Bassa Dam.