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Mozambique: Flood: 2000/01 Country Information on DRR

Period 2000/01
Country or District Mozambique
Event Type Flood
Outline The south of Mozambique has been hit by torrential rains which have led to the flooding of the Incomati, the Umbeluzi and the Limpopo rivers. The situation in the Umbeluzi basin is reportedly likely to worsen as the holding capacity of the Pequenos Libombos dam, some 40 km west of Maputo, has been exceeded. The local media reported that the flood on the Limpopo river is reaching Chokwe district, at the heart of Mozambique's largest irrigation scheme. The raising water cut roads and some suburbs in Maputo are also affected. The river valleys in the southern provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane, and in central Sofala and Tete are identified as being at risk.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
CNN News 2000/03/22 12:39GMT
More than a month of floods, the worst on record in this impoverished southeast African nation, have displaced an estimated 360,000 people nationwide. The confirmed death toll of 492 is expected to rise.
OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2000/02/04
18 deaths have been recorded in Maputo province. In Manhica, 20,000 families are affected. In Manhica, 17,000 ha of cultivated land are flooded. In Gaza province, 7,000 ha of cultivated lands are affected along the dykes around Xai-Xai.

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OCHA Situation Report No.25 2000/04/20

OCHA Situation Report No.24 2000/04/11

OCHA Situation Report No.23 2000/04/05

OCHA Situation Report No.22 2000/03/30
Overall, river levels in the south of the country are slowly receding. However, the Limpopo river was in flood, and a slight increase was recorded at Xai-Xai over the weekend. The Buzi river was also in flood, and the Pungwe valley remains in a state of alert.

BBC News 2000/03/23 16:31GMT

OCHA:Updated International Appeal of the Government of Mozambique

CNN News 2000/03/24 13:37GMT

CNN News 2000/03/23 17:01GMT
A U.N. agency said that a feared cholera epidemic was being averted in flood-ravaged Mozambique, despite a doubling in the number of cases of disease reported in the capital. The United Nations Childrens' Emergency Fund said the number of cases of cholera had reached 400 in Maputo, with five deaths.

CNN News 2000/03/22 12:39GMT
Low-lying southern Mozambican towns are at risk of being flooded for the second time in less than a month as heavy rains upstream in South Africa drove up water levels in local rivers, officials said on March 22.

OCHA Situation Report No.21 2000/03/24
The Minister of Foreign Affairs reported that on 23 March, a riot took place at the Chiyquelane displaced persons camp in Gaza province, leading to five deaths and ten persons injured.

OCHA Situation Report No.20 2000/03/22

OCHA Situation Report No.19 2000/03/20
Currently, some 463,000 persons (including the displaced and the people who have been isolated) have been receiving food assistance at some 121 locations identified by the Government.

OCHA Situation Report No.18 2000/03/15

OCHA Situation Report No.17 2000/03/14

OCHA Situation Report No.16 2000/03/10

OCHA Situation Report No.15 2000/03/08

Reuters 2000/03/07

OCHA Situation Report No.14 2000/03/06

CNN News 2000/03/06 17:12GMT

OCHA Situation Report No. 11 2000/03/01

OCHA Situation Report No. 10 2000/02/27

OCHA Situation Report No.9 2000/02/24

OCHA Situation Report No.8 2000/02/23

OCHA Situation Report No.7 2000/02/18

OCHA Situation Report No.6 2000/02/15
Current estimates put the number of flood victims in Maputo and Gaza provinces at 200,000. Cholera and malaria cases are being reported in the press and by agencies.

OCHA Situation Report No.5 2000/02/11

OCHA Situation Report No.4 2000/02/10

OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2000/02/04
Maputo province (Matutuine, Manhica, Magude and Marracuene) and Gaza province (Chibuto, Chokwe and Mabalane) are the most affected areas.

OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/01/26

[ERI Emergency Relief Information]

Oxfam International (UK)

World Relief
The site contains reports, photos, etc.

United States Fund for UNICEF
Report from Maputo

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

United Nations World Food Programme

Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique (USA)
Regarding donations, also please refer the following page:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Emergency Assistance for the Flood Disaster in Mozambique (only in Japanese)

Government of Japan 2000/03/16
On Thursday March 16, the Government of Japan decided to dispatch a 20-member medical team of the Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDRT), along with the provision of medicine and medical equipment, for about two weeks to the Republic of Mozambique which sustained an unprecedented flood disaster. In Mozambique, the severest flood damage in fifty years has been caused by successive blows: the rainfall from mid-January, torrential rain in early February, and a cyclone that hit the country on February 21-22. In the afflicted areas, while lifesaving activities are close to an end, there is mounting fear of the spread of such infectious diseases as cholera and malaria, and medical treatment is needed in the evacuation camps. In such a situation, the Government of Mozambique requested the Government of Japan on March 6 to dispatch a medical team. In response to that request, the Government of Japan already dispatched an advance team comprising four members on March 9.

NHK Volunteer Net
Japanese only

International Appeal of the Government of Mozambique