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At least 55,000 people threatened by floods in Mozambique have been evacuated - all, remarkably, in small boats.
The British Red Cross has opened an appeal to support the Mozambique Red Cross and National Societies across the southern Africa region, which is threatened by a flood catastrophe.
The Southern Africa Appeal will provide non-food relief items such as blankets, tarpaulins and kitchen sets for 100,000 people.
Mozambique is the worst affected country with 57,000 people affected, and 1,000 households and 37,000 hectares of land destroyed.
The British Red Cross expressed increasing concern at the flooding affecting countries across southern Africa.
Lois Austin, relief operations manager for the British Red Cross, said: "The heavy rains which normally come later in the rainy season started last month. Houses and agricultural land have already been destroyed. Everything indicates that the situation is going to get worse.
"Already tens of thousands of people are affected.
Huge swathes of southern Africa are experiencing severe floods which, it is feared, could turn into a regional disaster.
Red Cross National Societies in six countries - Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe - are bracing themselves for a flood emergency.
Early seasonal rains have pushed rivers above danger level in many places and some areas are already flooded.
Lois Austin, British Red Cross relief operations manager, said: "We are concerned about the level of flooding and are keeping a watching brief.
The British Red Cross is extending its appeal for aid to Africa as a food crisis threatens to engulf large swathes of the continent.
The crisis in southern Africa - which has left 12 million people at risk of severe hunger - is a result of a complex combination of factors, not least the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
A massive humanitarian crisis is threatening millions of people across southern Africa.
The British Red Cross has launched an urgent appeal to help millions of people who are at risk of serious food shortages across southern Africa.
Around 12 million people are facing a severe food crisis, according to a recent assessment by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The hunger in Southern Africa is coinciding with an unprecedented number of orphans, mostly due to the impact of HIV/AIDS, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Southern Africa is facing a looming crisis. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in particular, have large national food shortages as a result of two years of poor harvests due to erratic rainfall and a range of economic factors. On top of this, the maize harvest for this year is likely to be poor in all three countries and stocks of maize grain, the staple diet, are liable to become scarce very quickly. Food shortages and rampant inflation are already a problem.