Mozambique flood death toll set to rise : Saturday 26 January 2013

Mozambique flood death toll set to rise

Saturday 26 January 2013 12:28

Thabile Maphanga

Floods in Mozambique are a result of a week of torrential rains in South Africa and Mozambique that swelled the Limpopo River.

Floods in Mozambique are a result of a week of torrential rains in South Africa and Mozambique that swelled the Limpopo River. (SABC)

There are fears that the death toll due to floods in southern Mozambique could rise. The United Nations says at least 36 people have now been confirmed dead and tens of thousands displaced due to the floods.

The hardest-hit districts are Chokwe and Guija where close to 50 000 people have been accommodated at six centres.

The floods are a result of a week of torrential rains in South Africa and Mozambique that swelled the Limpopo River.

The United Nations says it has deployed staff in the most affected areas, where they are distributing food and setting up water supply structures.

Other supplies include high-nutrition biscuits for 25 000 people, 5 000 bed nets, and 3 000 bars of soap.

Vulnerable people such as women, children, the sick and the elderly have been given alternative temporary accommodation.

Close to 80 000 people have been affected by the floods. The United Nations warns that the figure may increase to 100 000 soon.

Meanwhile the South African National Defence Force has sent navy divers and health professionals to Mozambique to assist in flood-stricken areas.

Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga says the deployment includes three aircrafts from the South African Air Force.  


 

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