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Rapid Response Payment Request No. 01/2012

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Funds Sent To: Ecumenical Committee for Social Development - CEDES

Amount Sent: US$30,000

Date: 26 January 2012

Details of Response Emergency: Support to people affected by Cyclones ‘Dando’ and ‘Funso’

Date of Emergency: 15 January 2012 (Cyclone ‘Dando’) & 19 – 24 January 2012 (Cyclone ‘Funso’)

Requesting Member(s): Ecumenical Committee for Social Development - CEDES

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY:

On January 2012, tropical storm “Dando” hit Mozambique. This is the first storm to hit the southern part of Mozambique (Gaza/Maputo) since tropical storm “Domoina” in 1984. In their situation report number 1, of 20 January 2012, the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator in Maputo, reported that tropical storm Dando “caused flooding and damage to houses and schools in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane in Southern Mozambique.”

Between 19 and 24 January cyclone ‘Funso’ which followed worsened the situation. All Mozambique coastland is now in a flooding emergency situation.

The areas severely affected are Nhamatanda, Cheringoma, Beira, Dondo, Marromeu, Muandza districts of Sofala provinces; Pebane, Maganja da Costa, Namacurra, Nicodala, Mopeia, Chinde and Quelimane districts of Zambezi; and Govuro,Inhassoro, Vilankulos e Massinga districts of Inhambane. Mandlakaze, Xai-Xai, Chibuto Guijá, Chokwé, Massingir Bilene in Gaza province are also affected including Magude, Moamba, Marracuene and Maputo in the district of Maputo province.
Heavy rains and discharge of water from dams are causing major flooding along the Incomati, Limpopo, Umbeluzi rivers displacing people and animals. Communities’ livelihoods, houses, crops, social infrastructures and schools have been severely affected.

The government of Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and nongovernmental organisations have been engaged in ongoing assessments. According to INGC latest information, 22 people have been recorded dead; more than 30,000 people lost their belongings, houses have been destroyed and 3,980 people are in need of shelter. INGC and BBC also report of more than 2,700 houses, 160 classrooms destroyed and more than 1100 houses submerged under water.

In addition some villages in Moamba, Magude in Maputo province, and Massingir in Gaza have been cut off since roads are inaccessible. On 20 January the Mozambique national radio reported that one bridge in Fevereiro village was destroyed, cutting access to Maputo by road from the rest of the country. As a result staff from some NGOs were trapped in the field on their way back to Maputo.

The northern Inhambane province districts of Vilankulos, Inhassoro, Govuro and Massinga are currently experiencing rains as a result of cyclone ‘Funso’. Cyclone Funso is also expected to affect Beira coast and the south coastland of Mozambique. The Incomati and Limpopo river basins are recording above alert levels.