Flooding Hits FRB's Mozambique- Tete Mutarara Program Again

Flooding Hits FRB's Mozambique- Tete Mutarara Program Again

For the second time since 2010, farmers participating in FRB’s Mozambique Tete-Mutarara food security project being implemented by World Renew’s partner IRM-RDD have been hit by major floods, resulting in enormous losses and destroying livelihoods. In January and February 2013, rainfall increased to the point that the Zambezi and Shire rivers swelled, their waters submerging farmland and homes. Transportation was also hampered along the Tete-Madamba-Mutarara road, and even railway lines were temporarily obstructed, disrupting the flow of people and goods and causing more hardship in the area.

Countrywide statistics as of February 20 showed that the flooding had killed at least 113 people and displaced over 185,000 more. The disaster affected over 2000 households in the Mutarara district alone, and is negatively affecting the progress made during the first three years of the FRB-funded food security project.

Since January 2013, 15 of the 18 demonstration plots that make up part of the project were visited by the staff. 7 had good crops and looked promising, but 8 had nothing to show due to reasons including the floods in Nhamirere and Chiui. In the sub-districts of Inhangoma, Nhamayabue and Charre, 711 of the project participants’ gardens were washed away by inundations from the overflowing rivers.

As a result, World Renew and IRM-RDD met in early February and agreed that the situation in Mutarara required further action in order to restore livelihoods. A seed aid project was designed, and in March two volunteers were sent to further assess the situation and plan a response so that people affected by the flooding are able to replant and recover from the shock. 21.32 metric tons of various improved seeds have now been ordered to be distributed in April.

Join us in praying for the people affected by the flooding, and for IRM-RDD as they work to get seed into the hands of people who need it most so that communities can replant and recover quickly from this disaster.

05/17/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment