Oxfam flies aid to flood-hit Mozambique

Published: 14 February 2007

International agency Oxfam will fly out on Thursday 15 February with 14 tons of water, sanitation and hygiene equipment to help thousands of people displaced by floods in Mozambique. Heavy rains are forecast to continue in the region this week, which threatens to worsen the situation of up to 285,000 people living in vulnerable areas.

The plane will leave the East Midlands airport in the UK at 12 noon on Thursday 15 February with enough equipment to cater for the needs of 25 000 people. It includes water pumps, water containers, pipes, water treatment chemicals, jerry cans for water collection, buckets, 1,000 bed nets and 2,000 hygiene kits. The flight is expected to arrive in Beira, in Mozambique, on Friday.

“As flood levels keep rising our main concern is the lack of clean water and sanitation facilities in many of the evacuation centers where up to 70,000 people are taking shelter. In these conditions the threat of diarrhea, malaria and cholera needs to be addressed immediately,” explained Fabio Fussi, head of Oxfam’s humanitarian response in Mozambique.

The floods along the river Zambezi have cut off many communities making access difficult for government and humanitarian agencies. The most affected areas are the provinces of Tete, Sofala, Manica and Zambezia. Oxfam teams are now in Caia (6,500 displaced people) ready to start the installation of emergency water systems and sanitation facilities as soon as possible.

Caroline Hooper-Box, an Oxfam aid worker in the Chupanga evacuation camp said: “There are 1,900 people living in this camp in very basic conditions. They are mainly women and children, who were evacuated by boat and couldn’t take much with them. Many men have stayed behind to look after the livestock, but crops may be more difficult to save. The maize fields we saw while driving here are flooded. We could only see the heads of the maize sticking out of the water.”

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:
Carmen Rodriguez, + 34 91 204 67 20 or + 34 615 359 401, crodriguez@intermonoxfam.org
In Mozambique, Caroline Hooper-Box, mobile +258 826 00 5131 / 27 82 468 1905 / satellite phone +88 1631 515 296
In UK, Ian Bray +44 (0) 1865 472289 / +44 (0) 7721 461339