Mozambique sees new floods

Repeat heavy flooding hit Mozambique in the past week.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | February 17, 2003

Repeat heavy flooding hit Mozambique in the past week, according to relief groups struggling to meet people's needs.

Some 50 people have perished in floods during the last month when floodwaters destroyed homes.

Hardest hit is the northern province of Nampula, where thousands of residents fled their homes.

More than 200,000 people have been affected by torrential rain and floods that began when Cyclone Delfina hit the region in January. Some 6,000 homes have been destroyed, and more than 13,000 acres of crops are ruined.

Relief leaders are warning that this year's harvest will be extremely poor, further heightening the risk for famine in a region already burdened with long-term, widespread food shortages.

Some 1.5 million people across Mozambique could face starvation.

Members of Action by Churches Together, a global coalition of disaster relief and response agencies, have been working to meet people's needs. ACT Mozambique members ? including the Christian Council of Mozambique, Lutheran World Federation, Presbyterian Church of Mozambique and Ecumenical Committee for Social Development ? have been responding for more than a year, and plan to continue both emergency and long-term responses. The Methodist-founded Mozambique Initiative also has a long-term response underway, as does the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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