Seed sown – 2000 floods in Mozambique Posted February 3, 2000 by Adrian Nance


Sometimes we do not know when a seed is sown.

It was like that for British charity Wings Like Eagles, it was pretty bizarre.

Yes!  In the year 2000, Adrian Nance was working in Whitehall.  He was looking after a lessons learned system.  Amongst other things!  It was a pretty unglamorous first seed.  

One of the latest entries was lessons for the UK government from the 2000 flood in Mozambique.

That was the seed

Six years later, in February 2006, that seed bore fruit.

Background to the Mozambique floods 2000

Disaster statistics can be difficult to get right.  So this 2000 Mozambican floods data comes from Wikipedia.  That is a free source. And we pay tribute to them.  But we take responsibility for any errors. And we apologise if we have got anything wrong.

So what was this disaster? What was its impact? Well…..

  • 50,000 rescued from rooftops and trees and other isolated areas;
  • And 113,000 farming households were left with nothing…   
  • With 20,000 head of cattle missing;
  • Also, a woman, Sofia Pedro, gave birth up a tree. It’s a picture of her rescue above;
  • 42 health units were destroyed;
  • And 630 schools were closed… 
  • This left 214,000 students and teachers without classrooms;
  • And the relief action by governments and aid organisations was slow
  • Please contact us to refine this data

So, a thought was to recur….

There is need to provide helicopters faster to disasters… 

And other people agree.  

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