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Today the British Red Cross are sending out an emergency response team with urgently needed sanitation equipment for people affected by recent floods in Mozambique.
Flooding caused by high rainfall over the past two weeks in the vast southern African country have caused the deaths of at least 90 people, leaving 150,000 others homeless.
A team of six British Red Cross sanitation experts who, between them, have experience of Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and last year’s Sierra Leone cholera outbreak, is flying out to Maputo tonight.
Team leader, Peter Pearce said: “We expect to face challenges in accessing certain areas of Mozambique as roads will be damaged.
“Thousands of people have lost their homes, so sanitation becomes absolutely paramount to prevent the spread of disease. It’s important to get good, safe latrines built for public health reasons. We will also be teaching people how to keep clean and safe,” he added.
The rising waters in the low-lying parts of southern and central Mozambique, have affected an estimated 290,000 people heightening the threat of an outbreak of waterborne illnesses such as cholera.
Elsewhere across the southern Africa region, widespread flooding in Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana, is affecting the farming activities and the general food security status of those countries.
Notes to editors
- For photos, interviews and spokespeople, please contact Henry Makiwa HMakiwa@redcross.org.uk or 020 7877 7479
- The British Red Cross mass sanitation module (MSM) team of six comprises of Peter Pearce, Theo Kallinteris, Cobie Visscher, Nathalie Edblad, Sonia Molina and Luke Tredget.
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