Mozambique

A woman carries USAID-provided plastic sheeting in the wake of tropical storm damage.
A woman carries USAID-provided plastic sheeting in the wake of tropical storm damage.
USAID/Lisa Gabriel

Key Developments

Floods triggered by heavy rainfall that began in December had affected approximately 150,300 people in central and northern Mozambique as of January 23, according to the Government of Mozambique (GoM). Floods resulted in more than 80 deaths, displaced nearly 50,500 people, and destroyed more than 14,900 houses, primarily in Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Niassa, and Zambezia provinces. Damage to public infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and power networks, hindered access to affected areas, particularly in Zambezia. The GoM National Institute of Disaster Management led the floods response, deploying rescue teams, conducting damage assessments, and managing accommodation centers for displaced people. The UN assisted the GoM, helping to coordinate response efforts. Humanitarian agencies also provided food, water, and emergency relief supplies to affected populations.

On January 26, U.S. Ambassador Douglas Griffiths declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $50,000 through USAID/Mozambique to a partner for the procurement and distribution of hygiene kits. In addition, USAID/OFDA and USAID/Mozambique deployed staff to Zambezia to conduct humanitarian assessments.

Latest Mozambique Fact Sheet

South Africa Floods and Cyclones Fact Sheet #2 (249kb PDF) and map (696kb PDF)

(FY 2011) Southern Africa DRR Fact Sheet #1 (302kb PDF) and map (121kb PDF)

 

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Last updated: January 28, 2015

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