Mozambique: Red Cross launches an appeal to assist cyclone affected families

Published: 23 February 2012

Johannesburg/Geneva February 2012 - Thousand of families in Mozambique are still without aid after tropical cyclones Funso and Dando hit Nicoadala, Pebane, Maganja da Costa, Namacurra, Quelimane and Chinde districts mid-January.

Tropical Cyclones left a trail of destruction to property and crops leaving thousands of people homeless and in urgent food assistance. The situation is further compounded by destruction of water and sanitation facilities which raise the threat of disease outbreaks such as malaria, cholera and diarrhoea contributing to a looming humanitarian crisis.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has today launched an emergency appeal for 2,728,741 Swiss francs (USD 2,989,615.40/ EUR 2,260,046.90) to support the Red Cross in Mozambique assist 70,000 people for the next twelve months.

“The damage caused by the cyclone is beyond the coping capacity of most affected families and the sooner we provide assistance, the better we can avert a humanitarian and food crisis,” says, Americo Ubisse, Secretary General of the Mozambique Red Cross. “We have exhausted our stocks and yet our staff and volunteers are confronted with desperate situations in the field. Aid is needed now to reduce human suffering.”

With this Emergency Appeal, the Red Cross in Mozambique aims to continue implementing relief and recovery, including shelter and water and sanitation, health and livelihoods activities particularly in Gaza and Zambezia provinces. Some of the families will be supplied with non-food items such as sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans, personal and laundry soap and mosquito nets as part of the relief package.

"Reports from the field paint a worrying picture, but with more support, we can reduce the impacts of this humanitarian situation by restoring and strengthening community resilience," said Dr. Michael Charles, the Acting Regional Programme Coordinator for Southern Africa. He added that, given the nature and severity of the destruction, it is imperative to adopt a holistic approach in addressing the immediate needs of the affected people and help them as they seek to rebuild their resilience to future disasters in the long term.

Mozambique is among the countries prone to Indian Ocean Tropical cyclones and there are still fears that it could be hit by another cyclone or flood disaster which may worsen the situation. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies released 297,349 Swiss francs to support the Mozambique Red Cross Society to provide relief to the most vulnerable such as the elderly, child headed families and the sick. 

For further information and interviews, please contact:

In Mozambique: Secretary General; Americo Ubisse, Tel: +258 82 306 2932 (Direct Line); email: americo.ubisse@redcross.org.mz

In Johannesburg Tapiwa Gomo, Communications Officer, Southern Africa, +27834699831. Email: tapiwa.gomo@ifrc.org

In Addis Ababa Faye Callaghan, Communications Manager, Africa, IFRC. Mobile +251 930 033 413. Email: faye.callaghan@ifrc.org

In Geneva, Jessica Sallabank, Senior Media Officer, IFRC. Mobile: +41 799481148. Email: jessica.sallabank@ifrc.org

The IFRC, the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross together constitute the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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