27 March 2013: In early January 2013, Mozambique was severely hit by heavy rains, causing flooding throughout the country. Since then, an estimated 478,892 people have been directly affected. A total of 117 people died and more than 176,000 people have been internally displaced.
As subsistence agriculture is the main livelihood for about 80 per cent of the flood-affected rural areas, CERF recognized the need to protect vulnerable households from extreme food insecurity levels, and to ensure a minimum of livelihoods and production capacity.
4 February 2013: From 11 to 27 January 2013, heavy rains triggered floods in 24 districts in Mozambique. Among these, Chokwe and Guija in Gaza Province were the worst affected. The entire population of Chokwe was evacuated. Forty-eight people have died and more than 146,000 people are temporarily displaced.
The heavy rains have damaged houses, infrastructure and drainage systems. Crops have also been severely affected.