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Published on Jan 24, 2008
MUTARA, Mozambique, 23 January 2008 -- Approximately 71,000 people remain displaced from their homes by heavy seasonal rains as flood waters continue to rise over the vast Zambezi River Valley. The Mozambique National Institute of Disaster Management has so far reported only seven deaths, however, aid is very much needed for thousands who are currently seeking shelter in resettlement centres.
The Mozambican authorities have spearheaded the aid effort, coordinating closely with UN agencies. Search and rescue operations are in full swing in areas like Caia and Mutarara, where the level of the Zambezi River continues to exceed alert levels.
Supplies of food, latrines, plastic sheeting and cans have been pre-positioned in warehouses and are being distributed to temporary shelters. Aid is starting to reach more inaccessible areas by truck and boat, where UNICEF is also distributing 15,000 insecticide treated bed nets and water treatment kits.