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13 January 2008

Unexpectedly heavy rains in southern Africa have caused the Zambezi River to overflow. ActionAid is responding to the situation in Mozambique where approximately 60,000 people have been affected by the floods.

The severe flooding means communities living along the Zambezi river valley are now at risk and up to 200,000 people could be affected.

With the river rising at least five meters higher than normal, those previously safe in higher areas are now threatened.

ActionAid is providing support and supplies to ensure the safe evacuation of vulnerable people. Emergency resources include boats, tents, water, medicine, sanitation and plastic sheets for protection against the rain."We are doing the best we can, but we need more resources," said Fernando Ketulo.

Working with local community organisations and governmental institutions ActionAid is supporting the people in need.

"We are paying special attention to women and children in this difficult situation," said Fernando Ketulo, ActionAid’s emergencies and conflict advisor in Mozambique.

Back in February 2007, thousands of people were relocated due to flooding – these people are again under threat with the current more severe floods.

The government has declared they may have to open the gates of the Cabora Bassa Dam. The water levels are expected to rise even more over the next couple of days, posing a threat to thousands more people.

"ActionAid is deeply concerned about the impact of releasing more water onto the lower grounds along the Zambezi Valley," says Alberto Silva, ActionAid country director in Mozambique.

source: http://us.oneworld.net/
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Mozambique: Thousands evacuated from rising floods

Mozambique News Agency (Mozambique) - January 15, 2008.

Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in central and southern Mozambique, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

The government's relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), has used the armed forces to ensure that evacuation from dangerous areas is complete. According to INGC deputy director, Joao Ribeiro, "the greatest problem we face concerns people who still do not recognize the danger they are in, and so keep going back to areas of risk".

According to the Minister of State Administration, Lucas Chomera, the government is ready to respond to the flood emergency: 800 million meticais (about $33.6 million) is available for flood relief – 80 million from the state budget, and the rest from foreign donors.

In the Zambezi valley over 62,000 people had been evacuated by 13 January. The current flooding in the Zambezi valley is already worse than the floods of February 2007, and the authorities have even been forced to evacuate areas where the victims of those earlier floods were resettled. On 11 January the National Civil Protection Unit (UNAPROC) rescued about 18,000 people in the Jardim and Cachaco resettlement areas in Mutarara district. These areas should have been safe, but they are now threatened by the continued rise in the Zambezi.

In the southern province of Inhambane, a second flood surge that swept down the Save river has inundated the town of Nova Mambone for the second time. The Save burst its banks on 12 January as the level of the river rose rapidly to 7.5 metres, two metres above the flood alert level of 5.5 metres. In its latest bulletin, the National Water Board (DNA) warns that the situation could worsen in both the Save and Zambezi basins.

At least four people have died so far in the floods on the Pungue and Buzi rivers in the central province of Sofala. A preliminary estimate drawn up by the INGC is that, since the crisis began in late December, 53,730 people have been displaced by these floods in the districts of Dondo, Nhamatanda and Buzi. The flood on the Buzi river is paralysing economic life in much of Buzi district. The ferry across the river, linking the areas of Bandua and Guara-Guara, cannot operate because the ramps are under water. This has made it impossible for the main employer in the district, the Buzi company, to move its main product, alcohol. Likewise the raw material for alcohol production, molasses from the Mafambisse sugar company, can no longer reach Buzi.

The district capital, Buzi town, can currently be reached overland via Tica, on the Beira-Zimbabwe road. But this route could be cut at any time, since the river is rising again following heavy rains in both Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The Pungue, measured at the Mafambisse sugar plantation, stood at 7.47 metres on 10 January, well above flood alert level of six metres, and the DNA warned that it could rise higher. There is also a new threat on one of the main southern rivers, the Limpopo, During 12 and 13 January the Limpopo rose by two metres at Combumune, so that it had surpassed the flood alert level. However the DNA predicts that the level of the Limpopo will stabilize, which would mean there is little threat to the two major population centres further downstream, Chokwe and Xai-Xai.

As the population in the accommodation centres rises, so the INGC and its partners (such as the World Food Programme, and NGOs such as Oxfam and save the Children), are working to ensure that food, clean water and decent sanitation are available for people displaced by the floods, Latrines are being dug and chlorine distributed to purify water.

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« Reply #2 on: January 29 2008 »

Dear Mr Miyanda.

Compliments of the season to you. Thank you for the timely update on the
Sinazongwe situation. It is sad to learn that people are homeless due to
excessive rainfall. We are also having too much rainfall. Our link road
to main towns has developed a lot of pot holes. The crops are stagnant
(not growing) and have turned yellow due to lack of photosynthesis
process. In Zimbabwe, it is another terrible year as far as the harvest
is concerned. Mr Miyanda, do you have any information on the state of the road
linking Namafulu and Maamba. We are planning to visit Sinazongwe in
February.

Best regards


Pottar

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