Mozambique: WFP to take food to families marooned on rooftops

Report
from UN Department of Public Information
Published on 01 Mar 2000
The World Food Programme (WFP) said it would begin today to deliver by helicopter high-energy biscuits to families who are marooned on rooftops by the flooding in Mozambique and waiting to be rescued.
Saying there is a desperate need for more helicopters, WFP said the focus today would continue to be on saving people who have found shelter in trees. Thousands of people are said to still be stuck among the branches.

The UN Mine Action Service said it is very concerned about the impact of the flooding on the work undertaken in the heavily mined areas affected. Many of markings and the work and the work in progress have been seriously impeded. It is also likely that the position of many mines might shift. In addition, there is concern about the loss of local community knowledge of the location of mines. The full extent of the damage will obviously not be known until the flood waters have receded, but the Service is consulting with donors on how to respond and send in a team as soon as possible.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said it is currently working to establish a radio network between the capital, Maputo, and about a dozen shelter locations in the provinces.

UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today issued an urgent appeal to support the Mozambique relief efforts. She said a "humanitarian disaster" could develop if there were no adequate relief support from world governments.