The Special Team consists of experienced UNDP Resident Representatives and personnel from neighbouring Angola, Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Additional support from UNDP teams from China and Venezuela, countries with flood experience, are also being mobilized. The Director of the Emergency Response Division from UNDP/HQ will be part of this team which will not only backstop ongoing efforts by UNDP in the flood emergency but will also look at providing additional coordinated support from UNDP country offices in the southern Africa sub-region.
Additionally, through its contacts and networked presence in the region, UNDP will help Mozambique and its neighbours in their leadership of the coordinated international response. UNDP will provide assistance to a number of southern African countries such as Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe that have also been affected by the severe weather situation.
"We have two goals: first, to help Mozambique and its neighbours organize an intensified response to the expanding crisis; and second, to start working today on the response to the longer-term development challenges which this crisis has thrown up," said Mark Malloch Brown.
For further information please contact Sid Kane (516) 671-6400 or (516) 674-2973 at UNDP in Glen Cove or Salomao J. Manhica (258-1) 490-337 at UNDP in Mozambique.