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Mozambique flooding: Concern responds

Nearly 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes as a result of severe flooding in Mozambique. 

Concern is responding in the central Zambezia province, where an estimated 34,000 people have been affected.

Widespread damage

According to the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC), the government agency coordinating the response, an estimated 5,000 houses in the province have been damaged and approximately 10,000 hectares of land and harvest ruined.

Rising waters

Torrential rains that began late last year across southern Mozambique swelled rivers to levels not seen since 2000, when an estimated 800 people were killed. In Zambezia province, families have been fleeing further inland as the river Licungo continues to rise submerging homes and farmland.

Concern’s response

Concern, in close coordination with the INGC has carried out assessments in five temporary accommodation centres set up for the displaced. As part of its emergency programme, Concern is responding with the following:

  • Distributing 2,500 shelter kits, 2,500 family kits and 1,000 kits as a contingency stock in two accommodation centres in Maganja da Costa
  • Providing 500 latrine kits to agencies working to provide water and sanitation services in camps
  • Providing 5,000 tabs of chlorine for water purification
  • Carrying out emergency water and sanitation services in two sites in Maganja da Costa to include temporary latrines, basic hygiene kits, hygiene promotion and provision of water
  • Providing seeds and cash-for-work projects for an estimated 5,000 families

Contingency stocks

Concern is also ferrying pre-existing contingency stocks of shelter kits, family kits and latrine kits to other affected areas. Accommodation sites in the badly hit seaport towns of Chinde and Qualimane have been targeted for these shipped stocks after a major bridge was washed away restricting road access.