National and international response to Mozambique floods

The Mozambique government has launched an official appeal for US$2.7-million for emergency humanitarian assistance. The Government saidthat it estimated it would need approximately US$15 million to fully rehabilitate the flood-stricken areas.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) sent an assessment team to assist the Resident Coordinator and the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) with information gathering, reporting and appeal contribution management. OCHA said that it had released US$30,000 from the OCHA Emergency grant.

The United States embassy in Maputo said that it had given US$25,000 to help support flood relief efforts. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister ofNorway, Kjell Magne Bondevik, announced last week a donation of US $100,000 to support flood victims. The United Kingdom's Department of International Development has pledged US$30,000 for emergency relief efforts.

Neighbouring South Africa, according to OCHA, provided two cargo helicopters to help rescue people stranded by rising flood waters. South Africa is also providing various non-food items such as tents,blankets and kitchen utensils.