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Above-average seasonal rains cause flooding in some southern and central areas

  • Key Message Update
  • Mozambique
  • January 2017
Above-average seasonal rains cause flooding in some southern and central areas

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Mozambique’s Technical Secretariat of Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) December assessment results indicate approximately two million people, up from 1.8 million in August 2016, will face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes between January to March 2017. This remains in line with FEWS NET estimates that 2.3 million people are likely facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse outcomes in southern and central areas, including about 300,000 potential flood-affected people during this period. In December, about 978,000 people received food assistance, more than 230,000 compared to November, but still significantly less than overall needs. 

    • Favorable rainfall, especially in December, led to more planting across southern and central areas, and is expected to continue if there are adequate rains and seeds. Localized flooding, from above-average rainfall, has affected parts of the country and is expected to continue at an even higher magnitude as many rivers are rising above the alert threshold. Flooding has caused deaths and destroyed cropland and infrastructure, and the extent of damages is currently being assessed. However, some northern areas experienced a late onset of up to 40 days, and below-average rainfall, raising concern as this is one of the country’s major producing areas.

    • In a January assessment in Gaza Province, FEWS NET observed crops at different stages as farmers have planted in a strategic way. They try to avoid the impact of mid-season dry spells and plant when it rains and they have seeds. Some farmers are unable to obtain seeds on their own, and planned seed distributions are ongoing but still will not cover all needs. According to the Food Security Cluster (FSC), as of January 17, 2017, 61,966 households, out of 98,932 targeted households, received seeds. 

    • November to December maize grain prices increased by 20 percent in Maputo and 17 percent in Chókwe, the largest increases countrywide. In a mid-January visit to Chókwe market, FEWS NET noted that maize grain prices have increased sharply in recent weeks to more than double December prices. Poor households with limited incomes are not able to purchase any maize grain and instead rely on wild foods, substitutes, like maize meal and rice, and humanitarian assistance.

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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