Since early January 2015, heavy rains have been witnessed throughout several areas of Mozambique, with extreme flooding affecting an estimated 160,000 individuals in Zambézia, Nampula and Niassa provinces.
Zambezia Province was hit the hardest and preliminary estimations indicate close to 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and humanitarian partners have recorded significant damage to infrastructure, including bridges and roads, which has limited humanitarian access and is hampering assessment and relief efforts.
Through generous support from United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the European Commission´s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), IOM has been working with partners on the ground to carry out initial baseline assessment of government-established accommodation and relocation sites. Information obtained through the baseline assessment has served to clarify the geographical coordinates of site locations, confirm estimate IDP figures and to corroborate important data relevant to site management.
In early April, IOM will conduct the first full round of the DTM assessment – collecting and compiling comprehensive multi-sectorial information on site profiles that will reflect the vulnerabilities and emergency needs of populations across the six districts.