Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 3

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Ref:OCHA/GVA/2000/0049
Zimbabwe - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
10 March 2000

A United Nations Inter-Agency Appeal for Emergency Relief for USD 3,160,799 has been launched (The full document is available on the OCHA Internet Website at : http://www.reliefweb.int and a hard copy is available at OCHA Geneva)

1. On 8 March 2000, the United Nations launched an Inter-Agency Appeal for Emergency Relief for USD 3,160,799 to assist 96,000 persons (out of 500,000 affected persons), in great need. Among these, it is estimated that some 20,000 persons have been displaced living in camps/schools or accommodated by friends and relatives. UN agencies participating in this appeal - UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, WHO, FAO and UNFPA -aim to provide assistance in the following sectors: food, health, water and sanitation, agriculture, education, communication and coordination and management:

Summary table on requirements by sector

Sector
Amount US$
Food
26,000
Health
943,049
Water & Sanitation
196,500
Agriculture
15,000
Education
95,000
Communications
1,256,250
Coordination & Management
629, 000
Total
3,160,799

Summary table on Estimated Budgets For the UN Response (US$)

UN Agency
Estimated Budget
Available
Shortfall
FAO
15,000
0
15,000
UNDP
1,885,250
120,000
1,765,250
UNFPA
358,774
78,348
280,426
UNICEF
479,500
0
479,500
WFP
6,000
0
6,000
WHO
416275
0
416,275
Totals
3,160,799
198,348
2,962,451

2. The requirements listed above are for immediate needs only and are based on the information from the following sources: The Civil Protection Unit and the Water and Sanitation Unit (the Ministry of Local Government and National Housing), the Central Statistical Office (the Ministry of Finance), the Commercial Farmers' Union, the Forestry Commission, Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS), the District Development Fund (the Ministry of Rural Development and Water Resources) and the Surveyor General's Department (Ministry of Justice. Legal and Parliamentary Affairs). The UN Disaster Management Team has sent 3 teams to assist the Provincial and District Civil Protection Unit in assessing the affected areas. Another mission, led by the head of UNICEF and the head of WHO, left for the Matebeleland South Province on 8 March. More requirements are expected to arise from the findings/results of the ongoing assessments for immediate, medium and longer-term requirements.

3. This appeal complements the Government's appeal for USD 21.2 million launched on 4 March (Situation Report No. 2 refers). The UN Disaster Management Team has been working closely with the Government (the Ministry of Local Government and National Housing) in assessment of the situation and coordination of relief assistance. The UN Disaster Management Team will review and update the appeal to respond to the evolving situation.

4. The UN Disaster Management Team has provided funds to each affected province and district in order to assist in the effective coordination of the relief operation. The Team is currently working with NGOs to enhance coordination.

Contributions

5. The Organization of African Unity (OAU) has released USD 100,000. The Government of Germany has contributed EUR 125,522 (USD 123,545) to German Red Cross for procurement of tents, plastic sheeting and blankets and EUR 178,952 (USD 176,134) to HELP for repair of roofs, procurement of medicaments and logistic support. The Government of the United States has allocated USD 25,000 to IFRC.

6. OCHA has released USD 20,000 from its Emergency Grant.

7. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions for the immediate relief needs. Funds channelled through OCHA will be spent in coordination with the relevant organisations of the UN system and OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds should be transferred to OCHA Account No. CO-590.160.1 SWIFT-code UBSWCHZ12A - at the UBS AG, PO Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, with reference: OCHA - Zimbabwe - Floods 2000.

8. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding value by item.

9. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int.

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23
E-mail: ochagva@un.org

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers (OCHA Disaster Response Branch): Ms. Katarina Toll -Velasquez /Ms. Y. Sawada, direct Tel. +41-22 917 1107 / +41-22-917 1768

Press contact: Mr. Donato Kiniger-Passigli, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53

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