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08 Feb 2007 description
report Xinhua

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 8, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- At least 214 people were killed by devastating floods in Southern Africa since the beginning of January, according to a report released here on Thursday.

The flooding is also causing a marked increase in cholera cases in some areas. The most affected countries are Angola, Mozambique and Zambia.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said that they are increasing their support to Red Cross National Societies in southern Africa and releasing additional funds as a response to the disasters.

27 Aug 2002 description
report Xinhua

HARARE, Aug 27, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Meeting of health ministers from the southern African countries ended here on Tuesday afternoon, during which they examined the response of the health sector to the acute and large-scale humanitarian crisis facing the region.

The ministers demanded scientific assurance that genetically modified food is safe for human consumption.

Some 13 million people in southern Africa are in need of urgent food aid.

06 Jul 2002 description
report Xinhua

DURBAN, South Africa, Jul 6, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Organization of African Unity (OAU) has granted more than 1.7 million US dollars in humanitarian assistance to 13 member states in the past six months, according to an OAU report here on Saturday.