Flooding in Mozambique, as a result of Cyclone Eloise, has caused mass devastation to the already fragile nation, barely two years after the destruction of Cyclone Idai.
Figure 1: A woman wades through flood waters (unknown)
Mozambique, which is prone to natural disasters, such as cyclones, floods and droughts is currently experiencing yet another humanitarian emergency after Cyclone Eloise made a landfall in the early hours of 23 January 2021 in Sofala province. While it is still too early to quantify the true magnitude of the damage caused by the cyclone, initial images obtained from on the ground sources indicate an alarmingly concerning crisis as a result of flooding in areas such as Munhava barrio and Praia Nova in Beira.
Figure 2: Submerged house in Beira Manganese estate (unknown)
This disaster comes amidst an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in which confirmed cases continue to show a worrying upward trend, and just two short years after the disastrous Cyclone Idai, which many are still struggling to recover from. Further COVID-19 restrictive measures were announced by the Mozambican Government on January 15th, as health authorities in the country reported that new COVID-19 cases had tripled in less than a week. This situation will further complicate the context of emergency response as affected populations will be unable to socially distance and adhere to hygiene protocols. The affected populations are facing multiple challenges with regards to access to food, shelter and water and sanitation services.
Figure 3: Flood waters have destroyed some 142 000 hectares of crops (unknown)
JAM Mozambique urgently requires USD 262,763 in emergency funding to assist 500 vulnerable families (est. 2,500 people) in the Dondo ,Muanza and Chiringoma Districts of Sofala province to ensure that they have access to emergency Non-Food Items (NFI’s), clean potable water as well as WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) education.
Along with the provision of potable water and shelter materials, JAM intends to provide basic sanitation, hygiene awareness and handwashing stations for prevention of water-borne diseases such as cholera and spread of COVID-19. The provision of WASH assistance to the affected families will leverage the humanitarian response programming JAM is already implementing in partnership with partners such as UNICEF and WFP in the country.
Figure 4: Flood victims await assistance at a temporary shelter (unknown)
Post Emergency Response period:
After the initial 90 days response, JAM will transition to rehabilitation and early recovery activities. We will focus mainly on rehabilitation of farms through provision of seeds and tools as well as training in agriculture. This will enable production of food to resume and increase food security of affected communities. JAM will also partner with UN agencies and other donors to promote other livelihood activities such as rehabilitation of community assets using Cash for Work modality.
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