• On 12th March Reuters reported that Mozambique's National Relief Agency (INGC) said it expects to resettle 140,000 victims of last month's floods by mid-April.
• On 12th March, Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET), issued a report on the effect of the Cyclone Favio on Mozambique Food Security. Main findings as follows:
- Food insecurity is a concern in areas that cyclone Favio struck. Initial prospects indicate that the main season harvest will be very poor in southern and parts of south-central Mozambique – including Machanga District in Sofala Province and Machaze District in Manica Province – due to a failure of staple maize crops in many areas and greatly reduced yields from other crops.
- Despite moderate crop damage and some transport disruptions due to excessive rains, a good harvest is still expected in the productive northern and central zones, except for the south-central districts mentioned above. However, production surpluses in the North will likely do little to improve food security in the South, due to long distances and high transport costs.
- Assistance should therefore be targeted to remote zones, such as the interior of Gaza and Inhambane, where household access to food and income is heavily dependent on rain-fed agriculture.
• On 12th March OCHA Mozambique release a Situation report covering form 6th to 9th March. Main issues as follows: ( Please refer to the attached file for the full report)
- A UN mission, including the Resident Coordinator, WFP, UNICEF and WHO representatives, as well as the Head of the OCHA Regional Office for Southern Africa, visited the flood and cyclone affected areas from 07 to 09 March. They met with officials from the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) in Vilanculos town, and in Caia.
- Serious infrastructural damage was caused by the cyclone in districts of Inhambane province, as well as in the Buzi, Machanga, Dondo and Chibabava districts in Sofala province.
- Priority needs for Inhambane continue to be as follows: 1) support for affected families, including materials to cover houses, NFIs and food; 2) support for the reconstruction of damaged health facilities; and 3) support to ensure minimum disruption to schooling.
- The report on the WFP-funded multi-sectoral (Government/UN/NGO) Rapid Assessment of the Zambezi flood zone, recommends a number of immediate sector interventions, including:
- the strengthening of centre management and registration systems to ensure the availability of accurate, disaggregated population data;
- the maintenance of the food pipeline to remote areas;
- the provision of supplementary feeding for malnourished children;
- sustained and accelerated water, sanitation and hygiene interventions;
- the provision of tools to support community involvement in building shelters and latrines; and
- the provision of condoms in accommodation centres. The report also stresses the importance of early recovery planning.
5. Due to the reduction in the flood levels, many communities are now inaccessible by boat and by road due to extremely muddy conditions. Sena and Mutarara have recently become accessible by bridge (with a maximum load of 10 mt), as well as Rio Muira in the Tambara district with 4x 4 trucks. (Source: Logistics Cluster)
6. The Logistics Cluster coordinated the establishment of a permanent BP fuel supply in Caia for the entire humanitarian community. The fuel depot should be functioning as of 12 March 2007. (Source Logistics cluster)