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.
In the capital, Maputo, nine temporary accommodation centres have been established to shelter an estimated 5,492 people. In the rest of Mozambique, six accommodation centres have been set up to assist the high number of displaced people.
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$5,133,300 to five UN agencies to provide immediate assistance to the flood-affected people.
Through an allocation of $1,212,310, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will help ensure minimum living conditions in the accommodation centres by providing sanitation facilities and proper hygiene practices.. UNICEF will also provide help and protection to affected children. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has received $108,990 to re-establish basic health services. Through an allocation of $500,591, the World Health Organization (WHO) will also restore basic health services to prevent disease outbreaks.
With an allocation of $1,002,288, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will provide shelter to people who live in untenable accommodation. The World Food Programme (WFP) has received $713,937 to provide food and communication systems.
The allocations are expected to benefit 150,000 people.