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Minimizing the Impact of Water Disasters : The 2001 Floods in Mozambique
Enrique Munoz Leira

This paper was presented to the “6th Annual Water Africa 2001” conference held 18-19 September 2001. It is reproduced here by permission of the organisers, Terrapinn. Terrapinn may be contacted at

About the author:

Enrique MuСЃoz Leira has worked with Government, NGO's and UN, inWar emergency and post-war reconstruction programmes. He has experience in designing, planning, supervising and managing emergency programmes and programmes focused on demobilization and reintegration of vulnerable groups. Enrique was directly involved in the floods emergency operation as Provincial Government Technical Advisor and as UN OCHA Emergency Coordination Advisor. He is in charge of the preparation of the UN Revised Contingency Plan for the 2002 season.

Enrique is currently Emergency Coordinator Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mozambique. He can be contacted at

Table of Contents
1.   Background
2.   Introduction
3.   The 1999-2000 Emergency
4.   The Management Mechanisms
        The National Disaster Management System
        The United Nations Disaster Management Structures
5.   The 2000-2001 preparedness
        Disaster Preparedness and Contingency Planning
6.   Overall impact and response
   1.   Impact of the Disaster
   2.   National and Government Initiatives
   3.   United Nations Initiatives
   4.   Other International Assistance
7.   Conclusions
        Regarding Preparedness
        Regarding capacities at national, provincial, and local levels

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