Flood early warning in Mozambique

2006 - 2012

In Mozambique, the foundation and its partners are working with the local community to set up flood warning systems along a number of rivers. Early warning systems only work if the people at risk are involved in setting them up. The project was launched in 2005, and successes since then show that the systems work. Flood warning is a central element of our disaster prevention efforts.

Idai - When early warning is not enough

Idai - When early warning is not enough

Since 4 March, the tropical depression Idai had been crossing the Mozambique Channel, the body of water between Mozambique and Madagascar. There, the storm drew water vapour up from the ocean and intensified. Idai’s destructive force gained momentum due to the high sea-surface temperatures – summer in southern Africa had just ended. On 15 March, the tropical storm slammed the coast near the port city of Beira. The city’s infrastructure has been destroyed and parts of the surrounding areas are under several metres of water. The death toll is feared to be in the hundreds. >more

DRM Meeting and Climate Change in Maputo

DRM Meeting and Climate Change in Maputo

The flood warning system commissioned by the foundation in Mozambique is a component to help protect the country against the effects of climate change. The importance of self-organised risk management by the local population became clear during a climate conference in Maputo in October 2012. >more

Flood warning in Mozambique – Into the home straight

Flood warning in Mozambique – Into the home straight

In recent years, the Munich Re Foundation and its partners have set up flood-warning systems in Mozambique. They are now fully operational when storms and floods occur. The next step is to hand over responsibility for operating the warning systems to the local authorities. >more

"Better data for Mozambique – We're looking for cost-efficient solutions"

"Better data for Mozambique – We're looking for cost-efficient solutions"

Prof. Jackson Roehrig from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences is researching various aspects of Mozambique's flood-warning system. We met the professor and student Daniela Kaempfe at the Búzi flood-warning system. >more

Disaster prevention in Mozambique – Our flood-warning system is being expanded

Disaster prevention in Mozambique – Our flood-warning system is being expanded

The flood-warning systems in central Mozambique were consolidated further in 2011. The system is now being installed in the country's north as well. The first major steps in this direction have already been taken. >more

Red alert in Mozambique - Testing times for our flood-warning system

Red alert in Mozambique - Testing times for our flood-warning system

Exceptionally heavy rainfall triggered widespread flooding in Mozambique in late January 2011, putting our flood-warning systems on the Búzi and Save rivers severely to the test. >more

Risk of flooding along the Save River – Who keeps the system running?

Risk of flooding along the Save River – Who keeps the system running?

Our visit on site in September 2008 indicated that the components of the warning system had been set up on the Save River in central Mozambique. >more

Rio Save flood risk – New flood-warning system

Rio Save flood risk – New flood-warning system

Experience gained on the Búzi project has been put to good use in another flood warning system. With the new system in place, communities along the River Save are ready to face the next rainy season. >more

Successful project work on the River Save in Mozambique

Successful project work on the River Save in Mozambique

The village communities living in the River Save catchment area now have a flood warning system that facilitates better communication and a good data transfer. >more

Vulnerability study on the River Búzi completed

Vulnerability study on the River Búzi completed

Stefan Kienberger of Salzburg University conducted a study to identify social and ecological vulnerability factors in Central Mozambique. The field study clearly showed that climate factors play an important role for people at the river Búzi. >more

Mozambique - Training courses with vice district administrators

Mozambique - Training courses with vice district administrators

The Búzi flood warning is in the process of further development. An intensive training is also taking place. >more

Mozambique flood warning system works!

Mozambique flood warning system works!

A flood warning system which we had helped to set up was put to the test during recent floods along the River Búzi. It saved lives when Mozambique was hit by Tropical Cyclone Favio at the end of February 2007. >more

Mozambique flood warning system - Phase 2

Mozambique flood warning system - Phase 2

The work on the Búzi flood warning system in Central Mozambique has been brought to a close. The second phase entails installing the warning system on another river in Mozambique, the Save. >more

Mozambique flood warning system - Phase 1

Mozambique flood warning system - Phase 1

There has been a significant increase in flood catastrophes in recent decades. Scarcely a day goes by without our seeing dramatic images of houses under water and people in need. Good early warning systems are a crucial factor in effective prevention. For this reason, we have decided to give our backing to the setting up of a simple but effective early warning system in Mozambique. >more

Project partner

> IP Consult

> GIZ Mozambique