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Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 23 February

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MOZAMBIQUE: Government appeals for US $65 million
The Mozambique government said on Wednesday that it needed US $65 million to address a flood emergency. Out of this total, the United Nations is appealing for US $13.6 million to assist 300,000 people directly affected by the floods, a UN statement said on Wednesday.

"UN agencies targeting this population aim to provide assistance in the following sectors: Food, shelter, health, water and sanitation, education, communication and coordination," the statement said. It said that urgent repair work was needed on roads, bridges, railways and electricity networks.

The statement said that contributions could be made available through the government's Instituto Nacional de Gestao de Calamidades (INGC) or the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Funds channelled directly to the government's INGC can be deposited in account number: 2025555151 Banco Commercial, Mozambique Maputo.

Funds channelled through OCHA should be transferred to account no. CO-590.160.1. Swift code: SBCOCHGG12A at the UBS AG, P.O. Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: OCHA - Mozambique - Floods.

ZIMBABWE: Journalists appear in court

Two journalists and a newspaper executive appeared in court in Harare on Wednesday on charges of criminal defamation over news report on the country's draft constitution.

Former acting editor of 'The Standard' newspaper, Andy Moyse, managing director Clive Wilson and reporter Chengetai Zvauya were granted bail by magistrate Remigias Jemwa.

The charge relate to a report published in 'The Standard' on 30 January suggesting that the draft document had been printed before the commission completed nationwide consultations. Last Sunday the newspaper published a front page apology.

ANGOLA: Russian crew still missing

Russia said it was deeply concerned about the fate of six Russian crewmen of planes shot down over Angola last year and who were apparently freed by UNITA rebels two weeks ago.

UNITA said earlier this month that it had freed the men. "We've got neither information on where our compatriots are, nor of their fate," the Russian foreign ministry was quoted by media reports as saying.

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