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THE Salvation Army in Mozambique is responding to the first cyclone to make landfall in the country in a decade. Tropical Cyclone Dineo struck the coastal province of Inhambane in mid-February before moving along the coast to the capital, Maputo. Gusts in excess of 180 kilometres per hour left eight people dead and caused destruction to homes and infrastructure.
THE Salvation Army in Mozambique is responding after floods caused more than 70 deaths and left thousands of people homeless. Around 100,000 people in the north and centre of the country are estimated to have been affected, with heavy rain expected to continue for days
After a year that has seen The Salvation Army responding to disasters throughout the world, including the South Asian tsunami, the hurricanes and mudslides that swept across the Americas and the South Asia Earthquake, The Salvation Army is again focusing on the increasing famine crisis in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa.
Predictions of famine are making Salvation Army leaders in Africa increasingly concerned for needy families in the region. Food shortages are already being experienced in many places and weather forecasters are predicting continuing drought in some areas and for worsening floods in others. Either situation is likely to lead to famine and the potential for devastating loss of life.
THERE was shouting and singing in the streets when the Salvation Army truck arrived at the Ndlavela accommodation area of Zona Verde in Mozambique and the people realised they were actually going to move. Arrangements had been made to transport the final 89 families to the resettlement area in Khongolete. All 280 families will then be on site in the temporary staging area, ready to move into permanent houses once they are built.
A tree reminiscent of the one in the story of Zacchaeus graces the centre of an otherwise derelict compound in Matola, Mozambique. Two small, partially-roofed, matchbox-like buildings stand in one of the back corners. The site, which is on loan, is used for Salvation Army corps activities. It also houses 15 people who have been unable to return home because of the flooding.
The school and its environs at Mataze have been claimed as home by 189 families without a permanent place to live. One hundred and five of them have now moved into tents, where at least a modicum of privacy and comfort is afforded. The change was marked by a short dedicatory service led by Colonel Ron Manning (R). Emergency Relief Coordinator Captain Kiddoo says: 'What a thrill it was to stand hand-in-hand and share moments in song and prayer with persons in the community who identified themselves as Salvationists.
Although they are no longer headline news, the people of Mozambique are still in desperate need. Signs of flooding are everywhere - roads are full of potholes or have been washed away completely. Water collects in stagnant pools, causing traffic to be diverted in many places. Cropland and some houses are still under water.
The first plane load of Salvation Army emergency housing tents has arrived in Maputo, Mozambique. Thirty Salvation Army volunteers unloaded 650 family tents and five large community activity tents from a chartered Boeing 707.
The 'search and rescue' operation in Mozambique
may be over but Mozambican Salvationists (supported by International Headquarters
Emergency Services) continue to offer help and support to those who are
trying to rebuild shattered lives.
Recent flooding affected rural and town areas, leaving homes destroyed and valuable crops lost. Many families remain in temporary accommodation centres, their homes still in water. Others wait to be allocated new land on which to resettle. The
Colonels Israel L. and Eva D. Gaither (Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women's Organisations respectively), along with Captains Len Millar (Public Relations Secretary) and Douglas Thomas (Projects and Development Officer), have just returned from Maputo, Mozambique, where they have seen at first hand the relief work being undertaken by The Salvation Army.
As part of its response to the floods in Mozambique, The Salvation Army is working with one particular community which has not received aid from any other source.
Salvation Army aid workers in aircraft and trucks continue to struggle to ferry food and water to thousands of people made homeless by flood waters that have swept away homes, farms, roads and bridges in central and southern Mozambique.