UN and NGOs in Mozambique issue joint proposal for flood relief

from UN Country Team in Mozambique
Published on 12 Feb 2013 View Original

Maputo, 12 February 2013 – The Humanitarian Country Team in Mozambique composed of United Nations and non-governmental organisations, have jointly issued a proposal of US$ 30.6 million to assist the affected population after severe flooding of the Limpopo River.

Intense rains in Zimbabwe and South Africa throughout January resulted in severe flooding around the Limpopo basin in Gaza Province killing 91 and forcing 150,000 out of their homes. Crops, infrastructure, water supply and sewage sustained severe damage. Figures have increased as communities cut off by the flooding are now being reached. In addition, new floods in the central and northern regions of the country have displaced an additional 45,000 people, seriously stretching response capacity.

The Government of Mozambique, with support from the UN, non-governmental organisations, and countries in the region and beyond, has responded by deploying search and rescue teams and providing temporary shelter, food, water and sanitation supplies. Isolated communities are being assisted by boat or air. However, given the scale of the disaster, resources are limited in addressing the growing needs of those who have lost everything in the devastating floods.

So far, the Government has provided US$10 million in aid, and US$ 5,3 million have been released through the United Nations Emergency Fund (CERF), in addition to bi-lateral, non-governmental and faith-based in-kind contributions and financial assistance. However, additional resources are urgently required in the short to medium term for relief and recovery initiatives.

The Response and Recovery proposal addresses short-term critical areas such as access to clean water and adequate sanitation, shelter, food, health care and protection. It also includes funding proposals for the re-establishment of schools and health care, as well as transport. In the medium term, initiatives to restore livelihoods will be supported to allow people to return and rebuild their homes and restart work and agriculture production.

For additional information please contact:
Patricia Nakell/ Communication Specialist/ UNICEF Mozambique
Mobile +258 82 312 1820