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Tropical cyclone Dineo hit the Inhambane Province in Mozambique on 15 February 2017. According to Al Jazeera, the winds were register at 130km/h, generating waves 6 meters high and causing heavy rains. Mozambican media reported that the cyclone has left 4 people dead. There is a high risk of flooding, as the area has already received above average rainfall during the last few months, which has affected tens of thousands of people.

NASA’s Terra satellite captured images of the storm as well as of the rainfall. The cyclone made landfall late on 15 February. By the 17th, the storm has weakened and continued moving inland. The imagery showed the storm’s clouds stretching over southern... read more

Publishing Date: 22/02/2017

From 4 to 8 November 2013, eight organizations in Mozambique were trained on “Disaster mapping using space technology”. UN-SPIDER and UNDP-Mozambique jointly organized this training workshop which covered various disaster-related topics in Mozambique, a country that every two to three years suffers from floods and every 4 to 7 years from a drought event.

Experts from the University of Cologne and the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne (both in Germany), National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC) and from UN-SPIDER (Vienna and Beijing) trained the participants from organizations that are involved in data management of disasters. Topics covered included the use of ... read more

Publishing Date: 08/11/2013

After days of torrential rain pushed the lower Limpopo River over its banks in late January 2013, flood water surrounded the city of Xai-Xai in southern Mozambique. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this natural-color image on January 31.

Xai-Xai is situated about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the ocean, where the Limpopo River meanders over a flat coastal plain. In late January, muddy water not only filled the river channel, but also washed over agricultural fields. Muddy water could even been seen in the rectangular street grid of Xai-Xai.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) anticipated the flooding. On January 29, the institute reported... read more

Publishing Date: 05/02/2013

On 21 January, 2013 the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated to obtain satellite-derived maps for torrential rains and high winds in Mozambique. The mechanism was activated by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNICEF.

Continuous storms have destroyed 6,000 cashew trees, power supplies, farm animals and crops. 4,000 people have lost their homes and four others have died. The southern provinces; Gaza and Maputo are the worst affected areas. The storms also reached as far as Kruger National Park, South Africa, where tourists had to be evacuated. Severe flooding has also destroyed 160 classrooms, 600 hectares of farm land and the main crops of Mozambique: the cashew nut.

Meteorologists warn of an intense Category 2 storm heading towards Mozambique with... read more

Publishing Date: 22/01/2013

At the request of the Government of Mozambique, through the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 7 to 14 October 2012 to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response.

The mission team was comprised of nine experts from UN-SPIDER, the University of Salzburg (Austria), the Cologne... read more

Publishing Date: 22/10/2012

From 8 to 12 October 2012, UN-SPIDER will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Mozambique as agreed upon during the UN International Conference "Space based technologies for disaster management' organised by the UN-SPIDER Beijing office in November 2011. UN-SPIDER is pleased to invite experts to participate in this mission. Experts should have an organisational mandate to assist in assessing the current use of space-based technology and information for disaster management and emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 29/08/2012

As the UN marked World Food Day earlier this week, international representatives convened in Korea to discuss ways to curb the loss of productive land to desertification. Satellites play an important role in the monitoring and assessment of drylands.

Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations because dryland ecosystems are extremely vulnerable to over-exploitation, inappropriate land use and droughts.

This phenomenon has severely affected the livelihoods of farmers around the globe, causing food insecurity in many areas. Satellites have the capability to detect desertification and have seen active land degradation trends even in Europe.

Findings were presented at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in... read more

Publishing Date: 24/10/2011

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Disaster Mapping using Space Technologies

Topics covered in the training course included the use of remote sensing techniques for flood forecasting and flood detection, drought monitoring, rapid mapping of disasters and GIS techniques to evaluate the impact of disasters on the population.

The participants were actively involved in the...

Date of training: 04/11/2013 to 08/11/2013

Advisory Support

Mozambique is exposed to weather-related hazards such as floods, droughts, and storms, which include tropical cyclones. As much as 25% of the population is at risk from natural hazards. The National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) and UNDP Mozambique requested UN-SPIDER to carry out a Technical Advisory Mission from 8 to 12 October 2012. The key objectives of the mission were to assess national capacity and to evaluate existing disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to the use of space-based technologies and to facilitate access of national institutions to space-based information to support tasks contemplated in the full cycle of disaster management.

Mission dates: 08/10/2012 to 12/10/2012

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INE is part of the Ministry of Finance of Mozambique (MF). INE is in charge of collecting census data and undertake regular surveys on different socio-economic related aspects. Currently INE is also starting to collect information on climate change related issues and information on... read more

The Technical University of Mozambique is currently conducting different research activities in disaster risk management. This includes the training of national technicians on GIS applied to DRM, applied research in students’ thesis, mapping during the Zambezi river floods (2007-2008), mapping of focal zones of malaria, cholera and respiratory diseases in collaboration with Maputo City Health Directorate and mapping of earthquake risk prone areas in Maputo and communities prone to climate change. UDM is also active in regional and international networks, such as the Peri-Peri network, and conducted an analysis together with USAID and OCHA on... read more

UNDP has worked in Mozambique since 1976, when the agreement of cooperation between UNDP and the Government of Mozambique was made. The Standard Basic Framework Agreement attached below was signed just after Independence in 1976, and establishes UNDP’s presence in the country.

The legal authority for UNDP’s programme, within the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), is based on its Country Programme Document, which is approved by the UNDP Board, its Country Programme Action Plan and its Annual Work Plans.

The development objectives of the current CPAP , which ran from 2007 to 2009 and was extended to 2011, are focused on seven areas:

  • Development Planning, Coordination and Monitoring
  • Decentralization and Local Development
  • Democratic Processes
  • Justice, Security and the Rule of Law
  • Trade and Private Sector Development
  • HIV and AIDS and
  • Gender Support to Capacity... read more

The National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), established in 1999, coordinates disaster risk management activities in Mozambique. INGC operates under the Ministry of State Administration (MAE) and is mandated to coordinate emergencies, promote disaster prevention through population and government mobilization, protect human lives, ensure multi-sectoral coordination in disaster... read more

Since 1984, the World Bank has been providing development assistance to Mozambique, designing assistance based on the country’s needs and priorities, from economic stabilization in the 1980s, to post-war reconstruction in the early 1990s, to a comprehensive support strategy in the late 1990s, to the current strategy – the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for FY12-15 -- which involves close collaboration with the government, development partners, and civil society to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth.

Website: http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/mozambique

IIAM, Mozambique's Institute of Agricultural Research, is part of the Ministry for Agriculture of Mozambique. It is mainly involved in disaster management activities through the provision of important baseline data sets. This includes a national soil map as well as information on land suitability for crops. A strong link exists between FEWS NET and IIAM/DNSA where the required data is provided for the early warning system.

Website MINAG:... read more

IIAM, Mozambique's Institute of Agricultural Research, is part of the Ministry for Agriculture of Mozambique. It is mainly involved in disaster management activities through the provision of important baseline data sets. This includes a national soil map as well as information on land suitability for crops. A strong link exists between FEWS NET and IIAM/DNSA where the required data is provided for the early warning system.

IIAM maintains... read more

The Eduardo Mondlane University (Portuguese: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane) is the oldest and largest university in Mozambique. The UEM is located in Maputo and has about 27,000 students.

Website: http://www.uem.mz/

CENACARTA (National Cartography and Remote Sensing Centre) is an independent centre under the Ministry of Agriculture. The main tasks of CENACARTA are to provide baseline GIS data, facilitate purchase of satellite data, and provide topographic and thematic maps.

CENACARTA is a member of the Mozambique Coordination mechanism for disaster management, thus contributes to disaster management. Data is being provided to INGC within its activities in... read more

ARA-Sul is the water agency responsible for the river basins in southern Mozambique, including the trans-boundary flood prone rivers Limpopo and Maputo. It is strongly involved in the hydrological modelling including water availability, dam operation and flood forecasting.

Website: http://www.ara-sul.co.mz/

Disaster

Rains have also pounded parts of Mozambique and Malawi over the past few weeks, killing at least one person, displacing thousands and drowning farm land.

Source : Glide number

New cycle of cholera started in such way that until 6th of February, 638 cases 12 deaths with a CFR of 1,8% were notified in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Niassa, Zambezia and Sofala.

Source:GLIDEnumber

Based on UNICEF situation report, 210 families (1,050 people) have been affected by the initial inundation in Namathanda district; of these, 613 people have been evacuated to a temporary shelter located in Mufu village.

Source GLIDEnumber

Parts of Mozambique experienced heavy rainfall since mid February 2010, mainly in the central region covering Zamb?zia, Tete, Manica and Sofala Provinces. The persistent rains have saturated the soil causing floods in the valleys of Buzi, Zambeze, Licungo, Save and other rivers affecting approximately 17,000 people. The rainy situation has also been experienced in the neighbouring Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Source GLIDEnumber

Parts of Mozambique experienced heavy rainfall since mid February 2010, mainly in the central region covering Zamb?zia, Tete, Manica and Sofala Provinces. The persistent rains have saturated the soil causing floods in the valleys of Buzi, Zambeze, Licungo, Save and other rivers affecting approximately 17,000 people. The rainy situation has also been experienced in the neighbouring Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Source: GLIDEnumber

 

 


Available Space-based Information for: Floods in Mozambique (09/03/2010)

Status Update: 17/03/2010
 

 

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