Faced with the worsening emergency situation, the Government, with the support of United Nations Agencies, its partners in the international community, and non governmental organisations (NGOs), began a search and rescue operation. Civilian and military assets were mobilised including 54 inflatable boats, 20 aircraft, and hundreds of canoes supplied by the local population. These resources made possible the evacuation of some 7,150 people, and the transport of 117 medical kits and 8,000 tonnes of foodstuffs to accommodation centres. Also distributed were 66,420 tents, rolls of plastic and tarpaulins for shelter, 125,000 blankets, 28,460 kits of domestic utensils, 88,000 kits of various seeds and agricultural tools, and 115 tanks and water purification equipment. 2,131 latrines were built.
Despite its limited resources, the Government made available 13.8 billion meticais, equivalent to about usd 700,000 which were used in a decentralized fashion to support relief operations and provide humanitarian assistance. Because of the weak domestic capacity to handle new disasters, on 21 February 2001, the Government, with the support of its partners, launched an Emergency Appeal to the international community. This appeal sought to raise us$ 30 million to support relief efforts. By mid?June 2001, the response from the international community totaled about US$ 28 million (food aid received us 3.638 million dollars), equivalent to 93% of the resources defined in the appeal.
The us 30 million dollar apeall represented: 5.5 million for logistics inclunding helicopters and airplanes; 3 million for fuel and other energy sources; 6.4 millions for the emergency rehabilitation of roads and bridges; 3.6 millions for sheltering and acommodating the displaced people; 2.3 million for acquiring agricultural inputs; 5.6 for health costs; 2.4 million for water supply and sanitation; 0.2 million for the women and social welfare component; and 0.7 million for coordinating the emergency programme.