SEVERE flooding in Mozambique has left dozens of people dead,
and thousands homeless.
Aid agencies report that they are struggling to get through the
floodwater to deliver supplies of food and medicine to affected
regions in the south of the country.
An estimated 140,000 people have been made homeless, and 80
people have been killed. It is said to be the worst flooding since
The Bishop of Lebombo, in southern Mozambique, the Rt Revd Dinis
Salomão Sengulane, warned that the floods were bound to affect
future food security in the country. He said: "Many hectares of
fields in Gaza, Sofala, Inhambane, and Manica provinces are
flooded, so all crops and seeds have been completely lost."
The Bishop said that he was concerned about the possible
emergence of illnesses associated with the floodwater. "Stagnant
waters will become favourable places for the proliferation of
mosquitoes that bring malaria," he said.
He asked that relief should focus particularly on providing
mosquito nets, seeds, and replacement school materials for
Médecins Sans Frontières sent an emergency team to the region.
It found that some areas were under 1.5 metres of water. It is
treating those injured in the floods, as well as the many HIV and
AIDS patients who have lost their drugs.
The homeless are being housed in 30 tent-cities erected by the
government with help from the United Nations. "The Mozambican
government and aid organisations are struggling to respond to the
needs," a spokesperson for the UN said.
The Bishop of Upper Shire, in Malawi, the Rt Revd
Brighton Malasa, said that the floods had not spared the
neighbouring country, which has "similar weather patterns" to
Bishop Malasa said: "We have seen floods in the [Malawian]
districts of Balaka, Machinga, Zomba west and Mangochi, where a
majority of our parishes and institutions are. Hunger is looming
since people have lost their gardens, livestock, and subsistence
"We would appreciate humanitarian support such as soap,
clothes, cereals, sugar, blankets and tents. Babies also need milk
[because] they are in danger of suffering from