26 January 2015
The Council of Ministers of Mozambique declared an institutional red alert on 12 January for the Central and Northern parts of the country after heavy rains resulted in severe flooding. Around 144,330 people (32,285 families) have been affected, and an estimated 11,000 houses were destroyed. Zambézia province remains the worst hit, with 119,564 people (24,278 families) affected, of which 50,481 people (11,662 families) are hosted across 49 accommodation centers. Rescue operations are still underway, and as the weather improves and river levels drop, major transport links are also beginning to be reestablished. Assessment teams are still in the field (INGC and partners) to collect more accurate information regarding immediate needs.
26 January 2015
On 12 January 2015, the Council of Ministers of Mozambique declared the institutional red alert for the Central and North parts of the Country, due to heavy rains recorded and consequent floods in large areas. This has affected communities, public and private infrastructure telecommunications, road-transport, energy especially in Zambezia and Nampula provinces. The most critical situation –as of now- is in the Licungo River Basin, Zambezia Province, where exceptionally high water levels are recorded. The floods have isolated entire districts and communities, and cut many communication routes, with telecommunication breakdowns. According to preliminary data released by Government, 52,692 people were affected with 31,218 in Zambezia and 15,423 in Nampula. In Zambézia province there are 22,332 people in 14 accommodations centers (about 4,365 families);
especially in Mocuba, Nicoadala and Morrumbala districts; About 4,831 houses were totally destroyed (2,480 in Zambezia and 1,900 in Nampula) and 2,611 partially destroyed.
The rescue operations, led by the Government through its National Disaster Management Institute (INGC), sectors, the national army and Humanitarian Country Team are ongoing. Importantly, persistent heavy rains, strong waves and streams in the river and flooded areas hinder search & rescue operations by boat in the area, while road transport is interrupted. Air bridges are being established: as of now the South African Air Force has mobilized airborne support as well as the Air Force of the Government of Mozambique.
o Logistic effort is on-going to cope with the damage in infrastructures and communication such as roads including cuts in the main national road N1, bridges, electricity poles, water supply system, railway, and should be reinforced.
o Immediate life-saving humanitarian assistance is being given by the Government and its Partners. Assessment teams are reaching the field (INGC and Partners) to produce more accurate need assessments, until now difficult because of the limited access.
22 January 2015
On 12 January 2015, the Council of Ministers of Mozambique declared an institutional red alert for the central and northern parts of the country due to heavy rains and consequent floods which have covered vast areas. The government is distributing food and non-food items to affected people and WFP has pre-positioned food to complement the government’s efforts in the most affected areas.
The government requested, through the UN Resident Coordinator, immediate support from donors and international partners to meet the humanitarian needs and ensure sustainable recovery of flood-affected populations. The request is in line with the Government Contingency Plan for the 2014/2015 rainy and cyclone season.
The number of affected people reported by the government is increasing, from 53,000 on 16 January to 120,000 people on 19 January. Of these, approximately 50,000 are housed in 49 accommodation centres, including schools and religious centres.
WFP is prepositioning commodities (maize meal, pulses and oil) close to the most affected districts to support an initial caseload of 12,500 people for one month.
On 19 January, WFP positioned a mobile storage unit in Quelimane, Zambézia province, which is ready to be moved to where it is most needed. WFP also remains on standby to support the government with additional transport.
Through the HCT, WFP provided the government on 15 January with three short-range radio antennas (with one dipole), and one medium-range radio antenna (with four dipoles) for affected districts of Mocuba, Namacurra and Mangaja da Costa.
WFP deployed vehicles with VHF and HF communication systems to Mocuba and Quelimane on 18 January.
All WFP emergency support interventions are being carried out in the context of the Humanitarian Country Team and in close collaboration with the government and local humanitarian partners.
WFP Mozambique urgently needs some USD 5.5 million USD to provide three months of food assistance to 100,000 people who are currently estimated to have been affected by floods in central and northern Mozambique.
10 February 2014
This evaluation is part of a series of three strategic evaluations addressing the theme of Emergency Preparedness and Response which also includes the joint FAO/WFP Global Food Security Cluster and the evaluation of the Preparedness and Response Enhancement Program.
This evaluation considers the use and benefits of three Pooled Funds established to facilitate adequate, flexible and predictable humanitarian financing: Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF); Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) and Emergency Response Funds (ERFs).
The evaluation mainly recommends strengthening the life-saving focus; reducing the earmarking of pooled funds grants; clarifying the criteria for using grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund underfunded emergencies window; increasing capacity to utilize pooled funds as collateral for the release of internal advances; enhancing their contribution to the operation of common services in emergencies; consolidating fulfilment of WFP’s coordination responsibilities; enhancing the quality, efficiency and utility of monitoring and reporting.
11 September 2003
The regional emergency operation for the Southern Africa Crisis Response1 provided a cohesive response to a food crisis resulting from a combination of drought, economic decline, rising HIV/AIDS prevalence and governance problems
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