Crisis in Mozambique
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Oxfam is assessing needs and is well placed to mobilize quickly in the aftermath of cyclone IDAI.
A tropical cyclone battered central Mozambique on Friday killing at least 66 people and cutting off communication with more than half a million people in one of the country’s largest cities, Beira. It is estimated 600,000 people will need assistance in the aftermath of cyclone IDAI.
So far, nearly 63,000 people have been affected, including more than 10,500 displaced. Three provinces (Zambezia, Tete and Niassa) have been impacted, with Zambezia province hardest hit. In Zambezia and Tete, more than 5,100 houses have been flooded and more than 83,300 hectares of crops have been lost, impacting more than 54,800 smallholder farmers.
Oxfam is on the ground, conducting needs assessments in conjunction with local partners, other humanitarian actors and the Government. Oxfam is on standby and is well prepared to respond to the emergency with lifesavings assistance.
Oxfam in Mozambique
Oxfam has been working in Mozambique since 1978. Our work has evolved from direct humanitarian aid during the war in the 1980s to promoting sustainable development and supporting civil society organizations, particularly women’s rights organizations.
Our aim in Mozambique is to improve and sustain livelihoods; prevent and reduce the impact of disasters and improve people's ability to cope with disasters; empower people so they can openly participate as social and politically active citizens and; support the promotion of women’s rights and equal gender relations.