LWF Mozambique – SITREP No. 2 Mozambique Floods 11th February 2013

Headlines :

  • Relief stocks low across the region
  • People still arriving in Chiquelane camp
  • LWF first aid agency to reach Nalazi in the Gaza province
  • LWF Coordination, Monitoring & Communications
  • LWF plans relief and recovery support
  • Challenges – access and operating base

 

Even though there has been little rain over the past two weeks, fields are still flooded and rivers are still over their banks. © LWF/Melany Markham

Even though there has been little rain over the past two weeks, fields are still flooded and rivers are still over their banks. © LWF/Melany Markham

Relief stocks low across the region
This is only the beginning of the peak of the flood and cyclone season, which stretches from January to April. Even though national disaster management agencies have improved their systems throughout the region, if there was to be a significant increase in the number of people affected, greater support from the international humanitarian community would be needed, as government resources are limited and levels of relief stocks low.
Source – United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

People still arriving in Chiquelane camp
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that the total number of temporarily displaced people in the most affected province, Gaza, is around 140,000, which has reduced by almost 20,000 one week ago (OCHA). However, staff from other international NGOs on the ground report that many people are still arriving in the temporary camp that has been established around the town of Chiquelane. LWF will be sending a lorry filled with blankets and other supplies to the camp this week to aid the Government in meeting the needs of these people.

LWF staff visited the main town of Chokwe, Gaza, which is still off-limits, on Friday 8 February and found that running water and power had been restored to the town. As rain has ceased over the last week, clean-up of the LWF office and warehouse in Chokwe began. LWF’s assessment of the floods has been completed and a report will be shared with agencies after the 11 February.

LWF is first humanitarian agency to reach communities in Nalazi, Guija district, Gaza province
The World Food Program provided helicopter transport for two LWF staff to travel to the town of Nalazi in the Guija district on Friday 8 February. LWF was working with 11,000 people in communities around Nalazi before the floods cut them off from the rest of the country. The mission included an air assessment of road, shelter and crop damage and an interview with a local government official who reported that although the population in the area had access to clean water, 40 percent of crops had been destroyed. The lack of road access means that supplies of non-food items such as soap are running low. Mobile networks in many of these areas are still not operating, but landlines are still intact making it possible to contact local officials for information.

LWF Coordination, Monitoring & Communications
LWF staff living in the temporary camp are still working and attending meetings over the past week and have met with officials from the Mozambique Government in the Gaza district and is also informally monitoring the delivery of aid on the ground. Two other staff are providing daily updates on the assessment that was conducted last week.

LWF Mozambique is coordinating the information among the ACT members and are briefing Maputo and Gaza staff on the next stages of the response. The Programme Coordinator is providing overall coordination between the field response and the Maputo based staff.

The LWF Regional Communications Coordinator has provided photographs from the Chiquelane camp and from the rapid assessment to Guija District.

The preliminary ACT Appeal was issued on the 7th February and can be viewed at this link: http://www.actalliance.org/resources/appeals/MOZ131Prel_MozFloods.pdf/view

LWF plans relief and recovery support
LWF Mozambique has:

  • provided 60 baby kits including diapers, clothes and soap and water tanks
  • provided other agencies with photos from the Chiquelane camp and from the rapid assessment
  • contributed to overall coordination efforts with information gathered from their own assessments about road access, crop damage and water sources
  • provided baby kits and jerry cans to people in the Chiquelane camp
  • completed their assessment of the floods and will be distributing it among agencies this week to aid overall coordination

Challenges – Access and Operating Base
The Government of Mozambique has begun to repair roads into areas in the North of the province that are still cut-off by road, yet full access is unlikely to be restored for a number of weeks. LWF staff will be trying to access Mabalane, another community where LWF works, by road. In the meantime, LWF is exploring the option of airlifting seeds into communities that are cut-off by the floods.

LWF still has to establish an operating base in or near Chokwe. As power and water has been restored to the town LWF will be requesting Government permission to occupy their offices this week.

Next SITREP due 18th February 2013

Prepared by George Mkanza, LWF Country Representative

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