Swaziland: Storm Damage - Information Bulletin n° 1

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In Brief

This Information Bulletin (no. 1/05) is being issued based on the needs described below reflecting the information available at this time. CHF 35,000 has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Based on further updates and details from assessment reports, or should the situation deteriorate, the Federation may consider international support through an Emergency Appeal.

The Situation

Swaziland experienced a devastating storm on 23 January following heavy rains. The storm hit part of the Manzini in the central part of the country and Shiselweni in the southeast. A total of ten communities in Manzini and nine in Shiselweni were affected.

The nature of the storm was such that houses were blown away by the strong winds which were followed by heavy rains. The storm caused great damage, destroying houses, household effects, crops and food items. Roofing corrugated sheets and tiles were also blown leaving approximately 145 households in Shiselweni and 85 in Manzini without adequate shelter, clothing and food. Some school in the affected areas were also destroyed by the storm.

Red Cross and Red Crescent action

In response to the effects of the storm, the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society (Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society - refer to immediately assembled the emergency response teams to conduct initial assessment in the affected areas.


Shiselweni: 145 affected households

An emergency response team composed of three regional disaster response team (RDRT) members and volunteers was deployed in Shiselweni district and conducted an initial assessment in the communities of Ndubazi, Mlanga, Nkoneni, Machobeni, Makhonza, Thunzini, Skhotsenni, Sibovu and Mthombe.

Manzini has an estimated population of 10,500 with 1,000 households. Approximately 80% of these household crops and houses were destroyed. A total of 119 households had their roof blown away; another 26 were left completely homeless and lost all household effects and food.

Manzini: 85 affected households

Three RDRT members and volunteers carried out an assessment in the communities of Maliyaduma, Madvonsa, Moneni, Masundvwini, Kashali, Elwndle, Ngwane Park, Sidzakeni, Gilgal, Mphosi. About 70% of the households had their crops destroyed, 26 households are homeless, and 59 had their roofs blown and damaged household effects, including food items.

Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross has distributed 300 tarpaulin, 350 blankets and assorted clothing to 16 of the affected households. The national society seeks funds to assist the affected households with shelter, clothing and food.

Table 1: Immediate needs list/budget

Unit Price CHF
Total CHF
Plastic Sheeting
6m x 6m
5m x 5m
150 cm x 100cm
Admin/distribution cost


The Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society is also seeking support on relief food items from its government to assist the affected people in Manzini and Shiselweni districts. The national society has also started a rapid assessment in Lubombo and Hlohho regions following reports that there were communities also affected.

Table: 2 Relief items sought from the government

Maize grain
600.000 MT
83.700 MT
Cooking oil
11.625 MT

The city council and Swaziland electricity board have been restoring the damaged infrastructure with the assistance of the national fire and emergency department.

All International Federation Operations seek to adhere to the Code of Conduct and are committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (SPHERE Project) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

For support to or for further information concerning Federation operations in this or other countries, please access the Federation website at

For longer-term programmes, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal: Swaziland 2005 Annual Appeal no. 05AA015 (

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Swaziland: Sibongile Hlope, Secretary General, Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society, Mbabane; Email; Phone 268 404 2532; Fax 268 404 6108

In Zimbabwe: Francoise Le Goff, Federation Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation, Harare; Email; Phone 263 4 70 61 55/6; Fax 263 4 70 87 84

In Geneva: Terry Carney, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Dept.; Email; Phone 41.22.730.42.98; Fax 41.22.733.03.95

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at