Maputo — The United Kingdom government last week agreed to disburse 800,000 pounds to support the victims of flooding in Mozambique, according to the British High Commission to Mozambique.
The southern province of Gaza is the hardest hit region in the country with over 70,000 people displaced by the flood waters.
The emergency aid will be delivered by DFID Mozambique through a consortium of NGOs led by Save the Children and working closely with Mozambique’s National Disaster Management Institute (INGC).
According to a press release issued on Friday, “DFID support will focus on the distribution of non-food items such as household kits and water purifiers to the most affected areas and the emergency centres where displaced families have been temporarily accommodated”.
The package of British assistance will help health authorities to prevent and control the outbreak of diseases such as cholera.
Currently, Britain is one of Mozambique’s largest bilateral donors, providing more than 80 million pounds a year in budget and programme support.
The consortium of NGOs has received financial backing from DFID Mozambique over the last two years with funds being used for the prepositioning of household kits for a rapid response to disasters. DFID has been supporting INGC in its response to floods in the Zambezi Valley since 2007.
In a statement issued last week the United Nations said that it estimates that at least 15 million US dollars will be needed for the entire humanitarian operation in response to the floods in Mozambique. This figure is expected to increase as the situation evolves.
Cited in the Monday’s issue of the Maputo daily paper “O Pais”, the Minister of State Administration, Carmelita Namashulua, warned that the sum of 120 million meticais (about four million US dollars) provided by his government for relief operations is far from enough.
The government has asked all citizens to show solidarity with flood victims by donating foodstuffs, clothes, money and anything that can help mitigate the suffering of those affected.