Flood disaster in Mozambique

3 March 2000 - 30 March 2000
Military personnel

From the end of January to the middle of March 2000, there was heavy rainfall in most of Southeast Africa. Mozambique in particular was badly affected by flooding.

When Cyclone Eline made landfall on 22 February, a major humanitarian disaster started to unfold. The Limpopo River burst its banks, flooding large areas. Many water reservoirs could not cope with the enormous quantity of water. Tidal waves ensued, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee for their lives.

Humanitarian assistance

Almost 700 people lost their lives. Around 2 million people were affected. Approximately half of them urgently needed humanitarian assistance. An international relief effort in which the Netherlands also took part was launched.