11 July 2013
A British Red Cross team has helped thousands of people in the wake of devastating floods in Mozambique.
The sanitation team went to the southern African country after floods forced 190,000 people from their homes and destroyed houses, schools, roads and health centres.
In the southern province of Gaza, the area worst hit by January’s disaster, the town of Chokwe was completely evacuated. Its 90,000 residents went to several camps in the province, with most gathering in the Chiaquelane transit camp.
The flooding also disrupted food production – in Gaza 30 per cent of crop area was lost and many people had to look for alternative means for food provision.
Latrines and vital information
The British Red Cross team arrived in the country on February 9. The six team members worked with volunteers and staff from the Mozambique Red Cross, who were already responding to the flooding, and other Red Cross staff from countries including Canada and France.
The team, which focused its work in Chiaquelane, gave the affected population in the camp access to safe sanitary facilities to prevent the outbreak of illness and disease. Its members provided vital information about practising good hygiene and preventing malaria.
- built 34 latrines and 4 hand washing systems in total, in Chiaquelane camp and Chokwe General Hospital
- helped train 44 local volunteers in health promotion skills
- supplied disinfectant, health promotion posters and 540 bars of soap.
Looking to the future
At the end of their month long deployment the team donated sanitation hardware and supplies and IT equipment to the Mozambique Red Cross, to continue the work and prepare for future disasters.
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