Mozambique

Tropical Storm Dando DREF operation n° MDRMZ009

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CHF 297,349 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Cross Society of Mozambique (CVM) in delivering immediate assistance to 4,000 of the most vulnerable households in the six provinces affected (Nampula, Zambézia, Sofala, Maputo City, Gaza, and Maputo Province) and to further assess the needs in the the most affected areas. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: The requested DREF is aimed at assisting the National Society to mitigate the effects of floods that was caused by the category 1 tropical storm Dando accompanied by strong winds reaching up to 70km/h. The floods are reported to have affected more than 8,000 households in the country. The DREF is been requested to respond to the situation in Mozambique to support activities addressing immediate relief needs in sectors of shelter, health, and sanitation for about 4,000 households.

The preliminary information from the National Disaster Management Institute reports 20 deaths among the 8,000 affected households in the six affected Provinces. According to the Institute, above normal rains are expected during the January – March period and the National Directorate of Water has also issued a warning regarding increased water discharge from the country’s main dams, which can be expected to add to the damage already caused by the tropical storms.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and to be completed by April 2012. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by July 2012).

The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions.