UN appeal for funding flood-stricken Mozambique presented to donors

Report
from UN Department of Global Communications
Published on 24 Mar 2000
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator for Mozambique, Ross Mountain, today presented to donors in Geneva the appeal launched last week for $102 million towards emergency and rehabilitation activities in the flood-stricken country.
At the meeting, Mr. Mountain stressed the importance of funding the World Food Programme's $10 million portion of the appeal toward air transportation for a one-month rescue and aid delivery operation.

According to a UN spokesman, the availability of air transportation will be essential after the imminent withdrawal of the military presence on the ground. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is also making arrangements to ensure a continued presence in Mozambique, where more than 650,000 people have been affected by the flood crisis.

The situation in other countries affected by the floods -- Madagascar, Zimbabwe, and Botswana - was also reviewed at the donors meeting in Geneva.