Operational update: Mozambique Government asks WFP to assist 60,000 victims of cyclone Jokwe

The Government of Mozambique has requested that the World Food Programme (WFP) provides emergency food assistance for one month to 60,000 people affected by cyclone Jokwe in the northern province of Nampula.

• The Government of Mozambique has requested that the World Food Programme (WFP) provides emergency food assistance for one month to 60,000 people affected by cyclone Jokwe in the northern province of Nampula.

• WFP plans to begin distributing food assistance to communities affected by Jokwe early next week using existing stocks that were earmarked for other operations. WFP needs US$550,000 to replenish these stocks as soon as possible.

• The National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC), WFP, other UN Agencies and humanitarian partners are conducting a rapid needs assessment in the cyclone-affected areas and preparing to provide assistance to communities in need.

• Jokwe hit Nampula Province on Saturday, 8 March, killing at least 8 people and leaving a trail of devastation in its path. Thousands of homes have been partially or totally destroyed and several schools and hospitals damaged. Power lines were also knocked down, leaving several towns and villages without electricity and water.

End of Red Alert along Zambezi River but tens of thousands of displaced people still need assistance

• The INGC has officially declared an end to the Red Alert along the Zambezi River and other rivers in central Mozambique, but tens of thousands of displaced families will continue to rely on humanitarian assistance for months to come because they lost their assets, homes and harvests in the floods.

• Since emergency relief operations began in January, WFP and its cooperating partners have distributed over 3,000 metric tons of food in 17 flood-affected districts.

• Food-for-reconstruction activities are being encouraged so that instead of returning to low-lying and flood-prone areas near the river, families receive support to build new permanent homes in the specially-designated resettlement areas.

• The initial government-led assessment indicated that 258,000 people would require food assistance until the end of March and that at least 226,500 of these people would need continued food assistance beyond this period.

• A full food security and nutrition assessment will be conducted by the Government-led Vulnerability Assessment Committee in April to determine food assistance needs in the medium term.

• WFP faces a shortfall of 6,600 tons for its emergency relief operation until the end of July – estimated at around US$ 6 million.