Southern Africa floods



Weeks of heavy rains wreak havoc across southern Africa, leaving tens of thousands of families displaced from their homes. Since December, torrential rains in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have destroyed thousands of homes and hectares of crops, in a region which suffers from chronic food insecurity.

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Weeks of heavy rains wreak havoc across southern Africa, leaving tens of thousands of families displaced from their homes. Since December, torrential rains in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have destroyed thousands of homes and hectares of crops, in a region which suffers from chronic food insecurity.

Response

Red Cross responds to severe flooding across southern Africa, mobilizing teams of staff and volunteers to support those most affected. Volunteers and staff in Malawi, the hardest hit country, have managed to reach more than 35,000 people with emergency relief items such as blankets, tarpaulins and mosquito nets. In Zimbabwe, teams are also distributing emergency relief goods and assisting in search and rescue operations. In Mozambique, the Red Cross is supporting rapid assessments to determine the immediate needs.

Impact

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched emergency appeals in Malawi and Mozambique to assist 57,000 people in the two countries; the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund has been activated, freeing up funds to support response activities in Zimbabwe.

Malawi

Malawi: “The water has taken everything from us”

Relief is not enough in flood-stricken Malawi

Malawi: 2.6 M Swiss franc emergency appeal as flood-hit country fears long-term crisis

Malawi: heavy rains and flooding leave thousands destitute

Mozambique

Tied to a tree to escape rising flood waters in Mozambique - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/africa/mozambique/tied-to-a-tree-to-escape-rising-flood-waters-in-mozambique-68009/#sthash.OOXDVQr8.dpuf

Tied to a tree to escape rising flood waters in Mozambique