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An estimated 518,000 people across southern Africa were affected by floods and storms during the 2012/2013 rainfall season.
The most affected country was Mozambique, where 250,000 people received humanitarian assistance.
Due in part to the sub-optimal temporal distribution of rainfall, most countries may have below average rainfall-related crop performance this season.
27/03/2013 - Heavy rains have pounded Southern African countries resulting in widespread flooding, destruction of property, and loss of lives. The floods took place in the midst of the lean season, in a situation of acute food insecurity affecting millions of people through the region. In Mozambique, the worst hit country, more than 250,000 people, mostly women and children, are affected by the crisis with about 190,000 temporary displaced since January 2013. Malawi, Botswana, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe have also been affected by the floods.
A storm system has formed in the Mozambique Channel, which could bring heavy rains to much of Mozambique and Madagascar. This system could increase the magnitude of the current flood situation.
Cholera has broken out in Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique, with 317 cases and 2 deaths recorded to date.
Partners are supporting the Government of Malawi in providing assistance to the estimated 33,000 people displaced by floods.
Since October 2012, floods in Mozambique have killed a total of 97 people, of which 69 people have been killed since the major flooding began in January 2013.
In total, an estimated 213,000 people have been affected by floods in Mozambique since October 2012, the majority having been affected since January 2013. The total number temporarily displaced people in the most affected province, Gaza, is around 140,000.
Tropical Cyclone Felleng continues to move south, parallel to the eastern coast of Madagascar. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are being reported in affected areas.
New floods in northern and central Mozambique have killed 7 people and temporarily displaced 19,000, bringing the national death toll to at least 55 people with 169,000 people temporarily displaced.
Floods in Seychelles have caused an estimated US$ 9.27 million in damages, with 400 households affected.
Heavy rains continue to fall over northern Mozambique, causing floods in some areas and affecting at least 510 people.
Parts of northern and central Madagascar are also recording heavy rainfall from the same low pressure system located in the Mozambique Channel.
At least 48 people have died in severe floods in southern Mozambique. Some 250,000 people have been affected, of which 146,000 people are still being housed in temporary shelters.
Tropical Cyclone “Felleng” is heading towards the eastern coast of Madagascar. While not expected to make landfall, significant rainfall may still occur; partners are requested to remain on alert.