From Manuel Aranda da Silva, Chief, Technical Support Service. Available on the Internet on the WFP Home Page at http://www.wfp.org/ or by electronic mail from Deborah.Hicks@wfp.org or Natasha.Nadazdin@wfp.org (fax 39 06 6513 2837). For information on resources, donors are requested to contact Aleesa.Blum@wfp.org or Marius.deGaayFortman@wfp.org at WFP Rome, telephone 39 06 6513 2004 or 06 6513 2250. The address of WFP is Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68, Parco dei Medici, 00148 Rome, Italy.
This issue of the Emergency Report was prepared by Natasha Nadazdin.
PART I - HIGHLIGHTS
(Details below in Part II)
1. Flood relief operation - information as of 11 March
a) Donors respond to WFP appeal for funds for airlift to flood-affected province of Inhambane.
b) Highway linking north and south blocked, towns of Vilanculos and Inhassoro isolated. Government requests USD 12.4 million from international donors/agencies for relief aid and repairs.
c) So far 277 tons of maize and beans delivered by WFP by airlift and trucks, further 100 tons by boat.
d) WFP to use two South African army helicopters for needs assessments and food deliveries.
PART II - DETAILS
1. FLOOD RELIEF OPERATION - information as of 11 March
1.1 The WFP appeal for funds to run the airlift to deliver emergency food rations for 70,000 flood-affected people in southern coastal towns of the province of Inhambane has had a very favourable response from donors. Funds have been requested for transport costs, as food needs are being covered by the existing in-country stocks of the ongoing WFP emergency operation EMOP 5832.01.
1.2 WFP has so far delivered 277 tons of maize and beans to the area by aircraft and lightweight trucks, with a further 100 tons on its way by boat. As WFP has started using new access roads, more deliveries will be effected. The South African army has lent two helicopters to WFP which will be used for ongoing needs assessments and food deliveries.
1.3 The recent flooding in the province has killed 12 people, stranded more than 200,000, and affected about 400,000 people, according to Government information. The main highway connecting north and south of the country is blocked, leaving towns of Vilanculos and Inhassoro isolated. More than 123,500 acres of crops have been destroyed. The Government has requested USD 12.4 million from international donors and agencies for disaster relief and bridge and road repairs.
1.4 The estimates of affected and food insecure population are based so far only on preliminary assessments and are as follows: Vilanculos, two thirds of the district population of 75,000 people; Govuro, total district population of 30,000 people; and Inhassoro, total district population of 42,000 people.