Parts of Mozambique experienced heavy rainfall since mid February 2010, mainly in the central region covering Zamb?zia, Tete, Manica and Sofala Provinces. The persistent rains have saturated the soil causing floods in the valleys of Buzi, Zambeze, Licungo, Save and other rivers affecting approximately 17,000 people. The rainy situation has also been experienced in the neighbouring Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Available for: Floods in Mozambique (09/03/2010)
Status Update: 17/03/2010
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Institutio Nacional de Gestão de Calamidades (INGC) - National Institute for Disaster Management, Mozambique
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NASA Earth Observatory
General Logistics and Planning Map (as of 10 Mar 2010): reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/PRIA-83GDW7
Southern Africa Flood Update as of (16 March 2010): http://reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/AHAA-83LMCL?OpenDocument&rc=1&emid=FL-2010-000046-MOZ
UNICEF Mozambique humanitarian situation update, (16 March 2010): http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/MYAI-83M5GQ?OpenDocument&cc=moz
Other information and news:
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Zambia opens dam to alleviate flooding FEARS IN MOZAMBIQUE:
News reports & clippings
12 March 2010
========Editor: Joseph Hanlon =========
As floods in central Mozambique worsen, the government declared a red alert on Tuesday in the basins of the Zambezi, Pungue, Buzi, and Licungo rivers. Five ministers and vice-ministers have flown to the area. Four districts are now cut off, and can no longer be reached by road: Mutarara in Tete Province, Tambara in Manica, and Chemba in Sofala - all on the Zambezi - and Buzi in Sofala, cut off by the Pungue. The main road linking Beira to Chimoio and Zimbabwe is now closed to all but the largest vehicles, which can pass only under police escort.
A very detailed report from 10 March by the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC, Instituto Nacional de Gestão de Calamidades) is posted on my website:
So far the flooding is not extreme or abnormal; there were floods in this region in 2007 and 2008. Peasants farm the fertile and well watered soils near the rivers, so people must evacuate low-lying areas. Levels on the Pungue are slowly falling. But releases from the Kariba dam in Zambia and the Cahora Bassa dam in Tete have been sharply increased, so water levels in the Zambezi River will rise considerably in coming days.
Meanwhile, there is a problem of drought in central and southern Mozambique, affecting 61 districts in Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia provinces, putting 785,000 households at risk of food shortages. At least one-third of the projected crops have been lost in this area.
AIM and Noticias articles on drought and flood are attached.
Mozambique: Latest Toll from Central Mozambican Floods: http://allafrica.com/stories/201003161094.html
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