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Red Cross helps people affected by Mozambique floods

8 February 2012

Boy with bicycle in flooded Mozambique© InfoThe British Red Cross has deployed a delegate to support the Mozambique Red Cross after tropical storm Dando caused flooding across six provinces. The delegate will help assess needs and co-ordinate Red Cross relief operations in the country.

The floods have affected more than 8,000 households in the country. The National Disaster Management Institute reports that 20 people have died. Last month’s storm, which brought strong winds and heavy rainfall, caused flooding and damage to houses, schools, and the road network in Nampula, Zambézia, Sofala, Maputo City, Gaza, and Maputo Province.

Heavy rains falling in the upland areas of Swaziland and South Africa have travelled downriver, causing flooding in the lowland areas of southern Mozambique. With further rain and flooding expected, the situation is likely to get worse.

Red Cross support

With support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Mozambique Red Cross is assessing the damage and deploying trained disaster response staff and volunteers to help people in affected areas.

Mozambique Red Cross volunteers are providing support at the temporary accommodation centre that has been established for 13 families in Palmeiras administrative post. They helped to provide water chlorination for 44 people and first aid assistance to 89 people. Volunteers also helped distribute drinking water for 5,000 people stranded beside a broken road.

In Maputo, volunteers are helping to provide of water and sanitation at two accommodation centres where 450 people are sheltered. The Red Cross continues to assess the situation and volunteers are on standby to help people as is needed.

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