Mozambique: Storm and Cyclone - Emergency Appeal n° MDRMZ009 (6-month summary update)


Appeal history:

• Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF):
CHF 297,349 was initially allocated from the IFRC’s DREF to support the National Society to respond.

• This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 February 2012 for CHF 2,728,741 to support the Mozambique Red Cross Society to assist 14,000 households (70,000 beneficiaries) for 12 months.
Emergency appeal operation update Mozambique: Storm and Cyclone

• This operation update provides information on the progress of the operation and is meant to satisfy the requirement for a summary of the first 6 months.

Summary: In January 2012, two tropical storms and cyclones hit Mozambique. Tropical Cyclone Funso affected the Northern Coast of the country, while Storm Dando affected mostly Gaza and Maputo provinces. In response to the disaster, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supported Mozambique Red Cross Society (CVM), through the deployment of a Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT) consisting of water and sanitation, logistics, communication and coordination specialists in February for 10 days.

A Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) comprised of health and shelter technical experts and a team leader were also deployed to further support CVM staff at the national, provincial and district levels in the operation.A second deployment of a FACT leader was made to support CVM in reviewing the Emergency Plan of Action.The deployed RDRT and FACT teams supported the National Society in carrying out assessments in the affected areas of Gaza and Zambezi provinces in order to establish and operationalise the Emergency Plan of Action thus provide appropriate assistance to enable those affected recover and improve their pre-disaster living conditions. To further support CVM in the response operation, an IFRC operations manager was deployed and has been in Mozambique since the end of May supporting the National Society in the response operation thus ensuring that vulnerable communities are reached across all sectors.

Non food items (NFIs) such as mosquito nets, tarpaulins, shelter kits, soap, blankets, jerry cans, water purification tablets (certeza) and oral rehydration salts (ORS) were distributed to affected families. The timely distribution of NFIs was made possible by the pre-positioned stocks in Maputo and Harare and various contributions from members of shelter cluster. Volunteers have conducted water chlorination activities at the water points and during household visits and conducted 388 hygiene and health promotion campaigns in Zambezia, Maputo Province, Maputo City and Gaza Provinces reaching total of 17,206 people.

In the initial phase of the response operation, community-based disease prevention and hygiene promotion activities were implemented as planned. CVM staff and volunteers provided hygiene and health promotion information to the target population through more than 530 sensitization sessions and house visits reaching over 25,800 beneficiaries. In addition, 15 latrines were constructed and communities sensitized on their proper use.

Wwater treatment tablets as well as treated drinking water was distributed benefitting a total of 41,663 benefciaries.This is expected to contribute to reduced incidences of diarrheal and malaria diseases in Gaza and Zambezia provinces.

In May, the second phase of recovery started with the implementation of Community-based disease prevention and hygiene promotion activities, distribution of shelter tool kits , tarpaulins, mosquito nets and seeds, training of volunteers on Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) and replenishment of stocks used in the initial response which included purchase of emergency response items such as emergency kits for volunteers, mosquito nets, shelter tool kits, water and sanitation materials and tarpaulins .

Disaster Risk Reduction activities planned in this operation have not been implemented during the reporting period. These are scheduled to begin and are aimed at building capacities in disaster preparedness and response at province, district and commune levels. These activities have been identified as a priority by CVM provincial chapters in the affected areas as the operation comes to a close.

To date, partner support has been received from British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian Government, Danish Red Cross/Danish Government, European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO), Japanese Red Cross Society, Swedish Red Cross and VERF/WHO Voluntary Emergency Relief. IFRC and CVM would like to thank all donors for their generous support.