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Rising Floodwaters Threaten 500,000 in Southern Africa

Earth News: Africa
Photo: Hundreds of Mozambicans are cut off during floods in this Feb. 29, 2000 file photo and floods again threaten the southern African country as many parts in the northern districts are waterlogged from exessive rains






Feb 13, 2007



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Relief agencies in southern Africa say rising flood waters across several countries in the region are threatening 500,000 people and that more than 60,000 have been evacuated in Mozambique. Aid groups report that the flooding has been accompanied by outbreaks of cholera among those affected.
Disaster relief groups in southern Africa warn that floodwaters in the Zambezi River Basin, which have already caused the worst flooding in six years, have not peaked yet.
The Red Cross Federation's director for Southern Africa, Francoise Le Goff, says the disaster stretches from Angola to Mozambique and includes parts of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
"The rains are everywhere resulting in some massive destruction," she noted. "We have serious destruction of roads, houses, vehicles. So it is very serious."

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