WFP / MOZAMBIQUE FOOD DISTRIBUTION

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One month on since Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on 14 March, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached one million people with food assistance and continues to expand its emergency response while launching recovery and reconstruction interventions. WFP

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STORY: WFP / MOZAMBIQUE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
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DATELINE: 11 AND 13 APRIL 2019, BEIRA, MEDJA VILLAGE, LAMEGO MUNICIPALITY, DISTRICT OF NHAMATANDA MOZAMBIQUE

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13 APRIL 2019, BEIRA, LAMEGO, MOZAMBIQUE

1.Various shots, damaged infrastructure due to cyclone Idai

13 APRIL 2019, MEDJA VILLAGE, MOAMBIQUE

2.Various shots, distribution of WFP commodity vouchers at a school compound in central Beira

11 APRIL 2019, MEDJA VILLAGE MOZAMBIQUE

3. Various shots, FAO/WFP joint seed and food distribution with Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security

11 APRIL 2019, BEIRA AIRPORT, MOZAMBIQUE

4.SOUNDBITE (English) Karin Manente, WFP Mozambique Country Director:
“We’ve managed up until today to reach 1 million people. So that’s a great achievement for us. And it is so important for the people of Mozambique who really suffered from what happened here with the cyclone and the floods. You can also hear the helicopters, we are still using helicopters to take food to some of the most remote locations that are not yet accessible by land.”

13 APRIL 2019, MEDJA VILLAGE, MOZAMBIQUE

5.Various shots, Maria Rita Charler Tome (green top), age 45, looking at her old mudbrick house that collapse during the storm.
6. Various shots, Maria Rita Charler Tome preparing her field
7. SOUNDBITE (Ndau) Maria Rita Charler Tome, Farmer:
“We are living with what we have been given. Rice, beans, oil, seeds. We built a new small house with the iron sheets from our old roof. It doesn’t stop here. We cannot stop, because assistance is not forever. We have taken our hoes and returned to the fields.”
8. Various shots, Maria cooking beans received from WFP

STORYLINE:

One month on since Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on 14 March, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached one million people with food assistance and continues to expand its emergency response while launching recovery and reconstruction interventions.

SOUNDBITE (English) Karin Manente, WFP Mozambique Country Director:
“We’ve managed up until today to reach 1 million people. So that’s a great achievement for us. And it is so important for the people of Mozambique who really suffered from what happened here with the cyclone and the floods. You can also hear the helicopters, we are still using helicopters to take food to some of the most remote locations that are not yet accessible by land.”

45-year-old Maria Rita Charler Tome is one of the residence that received WFP’s food. Her old mudbrick house collapsed during the storm. She said she had just time to get her children out to the safety of a neighbour’s house before her own collapsed.

SOUNDBITE (Ndau) Maria Rita Charler Tome, Farmer:
“We are living with what we have been given. Rice, beans, oil, seeds. We built a new small house with the iron sheets from our old roof. It doesn’t stop here. We cannot stop, because assistance is not forever. We have taken our hoes and returned to the fields.”

Working in close coordination with the government and the INGC, the national disaster management agency, WFP intends to assist a total of 1.7 million people requiring urgent food and nutrition support in the four most affected provinces (Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia).

According to WFP, the successful scale-up to date has been made possible by the generosity of donors, including those who provide unearmarked, flexible funding. However, WFP still requires US$130 million to be able to fully implement its response through June.

People affected by the flood and cyclone are receiving up to 30-day rations of rice and maize meal, pulses, fortified blended food and vegetable oil. Where local markets are functioning, WFP distributions of food will increasingly give way to cash-based transfers (CBTs). Some 145,000 people are to receive support this way in April.

WFP has deployed nutritionists to the four priority provinces, begun moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) treatment at displacement centres and devised a six-month plan to treat at least 100,000 children and women.

An ongoing cholera outbreak, that has so far infected more than 5,000 people, threatens to worsen malnutrition. WFP is supporting three cholera treatment centers in Beira with food assistance.

As lead of the global logistics cluster, WFP deployed to Mozambique three MI-8 transport helicopters and a C-295 freight aircraft to support the broader humanitarian response. Two WFP amphibious vehicles (SHERPS), able to carry 1,000 kilos of cargo, are in service, carrying food and other essentials to otherwise inaccessible locations.

Drone mapping of damage and needs is a key element of WFP’s support to the INGC. WFP drone pilots are assessing damage to critical infrastructure – including hospitals, clinics, schools, roads and bridges. All 44 square kilometres of Beira and several towns and villages outside the city have been mapped so far.

Planting for a second 2019 harvest in October-November must be completed in the coming days. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has begun the distribution of maize, bean and vegetable seeds, and of tools, to 14,700 smallholder farming families in Sofala and Manica provinces. WFP is supporting the effort by providing food assistance to the families to ensure seeds are planted rather than consumed.

More than 700,000 hectares of crops – primarily maize – were washed away ahead of the main April–May harvest, deepening food insecurity. Other key sources of income, like livestock and fisheries, have also been badly affected.

Given the magnitude of the damage caused, Mozambique’s recovery needs too will be significant. WFP is working to ensure that a major government and World Bank-led post-disaster needs assessment that began this week will provide for improved food/nutrition security and social protection programmes.

The disaster has underscored how vulnerable southern Africa is to climate shocks, and the imperative of significantly increased investment in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, key elements of WFP’s pre-cyclone work with vulnerable communities, including subsistence farmers.
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