Mozambique
Emergency Response to Cyclone Eloise in Mozambique
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Mobilization Decided

26th February 2021 19:59

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On 24 February, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to launch an emergency response program to support the people affected by Cyclone Eloise which made landfall in Mozambique in late January.

Cyclone Eloise, which made landfall in Mozambique on 23 January, caused severe damages to multiple provinces due to strong winds and torrential rains. 441,686 people were affected, including 43,327 who have evacuated, and 56,364 houses were partially or totally destroyed and damaged.

JPF member NGOs Good Neighbors Japan (GNJP) and Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) conducted needs assessment and provided emergency relief items.

In light of the fact that resettlement areas for those displaced by Cyclone Idai have been hit again in addition to the magnitude of the damages and the need for assistance, JPF and its member NGOs will provide assistance according to local needs - such as food, daily necessities, shelter repair kit distributions, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) - to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian conditions in Mozambique.

As COVID-19 cases have been reported in Mozambique, JPF will collect information from the local governments, UN agencies, and the Japanese embassy, and thoroughly implement infection prevention measures when providing assistance that the local communities need. We will be posting regular updates on this program on JPF's website and Facebook page.

On 24 February, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to launch an emergency response program to support the people affected by Cyclone Eloise which made landfall in Mozambique in late January.

<Overview>

Cyclone Eloise, which made landfall in Mozambique on 23 January, caused severe damages to Sofala, Manica, Zambezia, Inhambane, and Gaza Provinces due to strong winds and torrential rains. 441,686 people were affected, including 43,327 who have evacuated, and 56,364 houses were partially or totally destroyed and damaged. In Sofala, the province that suffered the most damage, seven accommodation centers have been set up, and about 4,500 households with a total of 21,000 individuals have been evacuated (as of 16 February).*1

As Cyclone Eloise followed the same path as Cyclone Idai two years ago, there are many cases of people who had experienced the previous cyclone being affected again. Of the 73 resettlement areas where people displaced by Cyclone Idai live, 64 in Sofala, Manica, and Zambezia Provinces were affected again this time, and as a result, 8,755 families have been forced to live in even more difficult conditions (as of 23 February).*2

JPF member NGOs Good Neighbors Japan (GNJP) and Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) conducted needs assessment and provided emergency relief items in Sofala Province from 3 to 23 February. In Buzi District, it has been confirmed that assistance is hard to reach some areas because floods have blocked vehicle traffic. Also, in the resettlement areas newly established by the Mozambican government, there is need for houses and toilets to be constructed. Additionally, in Nhamatanda District, temporary shelters are beginning to close due to the risk of new coronavirus infection, and as evacuees return to their homes, repairs and reinforcements will be required to make their houses inhabitable.

Map: Area around Buzi District and Nhamatanda District in MozambiqueMap: Area around Buzi District and Nhamatanda District in Mozambique

Currently, relief efforts are being coordinated by the National Institute for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction (Instituto Nacional de Gestão de Calamidades: INGC), which operates under the Ministry of State Administration of Mozambique, as well as the local governments, UN agencies, International Red Cross/Red Crescent, and NGOs. In light of the fact that resettlement areas for those displaced by Cyclone Idai have been hit again in addition to the magnitude of the damages and the need for assistance, JPF and its member NGOs will provide assistance according to local needs - such as food, daily necessities, shelter repair kit distributions, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) - to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian conditions in Mozambique.

As COVID-19 cases have been reported in Mozambique, JPF will collect information from the local governments, UN agencies, and the Japanese embassy, and thoroughly implement infection prevention measures when providing assistance that the local communities need. We will be posting regular updates on this program on JPF's website and Facebook page.

※1:CCCM Cluster, Situation Report Cyclone Eloise (16 February 2021)
※2:IOM, Mozambique Cyclone Eloise Response Plan 1 February - 30 September 2021 (23 February 2021)

Program Overview

Term 5 months, Initial Response Period
Budget 80 million yen (government subsidies)
Location Mozambique