Emergency Assistance for Flood Disaster in Mozambique

March 9, 2001

  1. On Friday, March 9, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid of 200,000 dollars and emergency assistance in kind (equivalent to about 30 million yen) including tents, blankets, generators, and water purifiers, to the Republic of Mozambique, which has sustained great damage from flooding.

  2. In Mozambique, flooding has been triggered by torrential rain which started in mid-January this year. The disaster spread over four provinces in central parts of the country (Zambezia, Tete, Manica, and Sofala). Zimbabwe and Zambia, from which upper stream of the river Zambezi runs into the four provinces, were also hit by a large-scale downpour, and the water in the dam had to be released, thereby causing great human and material damage along the lower reaches of the river.
       The Government of Mozambique requested aid from the international community, considering that the rainy season would continue until the end of March, that there was a strong possibility that the flood disaster would get even worse, and that its own efforts to take measures had reached their limit.

  3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian standpoint, in view of the seriousness of this disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Mozambique.

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