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MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE -The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to respond to the flooding in southern Africa. ADRA is already providing relief materials in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and is gearing up to respond in Botswana.
ADRA Mozambique is refocusing its efforts to the Xinavane region in response to a personal appeal from the Provincial Governor of Maputo. "In a meeting yesterday with the governor, he made a special appeal to ADRA to provide assistance to this region," says Curtis Hesse, ADRA Mozambique director. "This area is 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Maputo, where more than 28,000 people had their homes and all their possessions washed away, and who are stranded out in the open."
As a result, ADRA is planning to airlift by helicopter approximately 22 tons (20 metric tonnes) of food by early next week with the governor=B9s assistance, according to Hesse. "A road should be open into the area in about a week," he says. ADRA Mozambique may also distribute a good portion of the 8,000 family kits they were assembling for the northern areas to the Xinavane region. The kits contain three blankets, two cooking pots, a tarpaulin, two mosquito nets, and a 20-liter (5.2-gallon) jerry can (container).
ADRA Mozambique already delivered US$25,000 of food aid in the areas outside Maputo and Motola. The Eastern Africa Division (EAD) funded the relief.
ADRA Zimbabwe is responding to the flooding of the Limpopo River in southern Zimbabwe, which sent a massive deluge of water down into already-flooded Mozambique. ADRA sent a truck loaded with five tons (4.5 metric tonnes) of food, clothing and blankets to Beitbridge, on the border of the two countries. ADRA staff set up a distribution point there with local authorities at a Seventh-day Adventist church. ADRA Zimbabwe also raised US$5,000 from local donors, which was matched by the EAD. The funds will be used for further relief efforts.
Botswana is also suffering from serious flooding throughout the southern part of the country, according to Nick Brightman, ADRA=B9s Eastern Africa regional vice president. Remote Area Dwellers are seriously affected, and the Adventist church in Botswana is planning its response to them. More than US$5,000 has been raised, which the EAD matched.
"Although ADRA does not have an official office in Botswana, the Adventist church members there are volunteering through our ADRA office in Zimbabwe," says Brightman. "Many church members there are playing a responsible role in this relief response."
ADRA, is an independent, humanitarian agency created with the specific purpose of individual and community development and disaster relief in more than 120 countries worldwide. ADRA=B9s Headquarters office in Silver Spring, Maryland, is accepting monetary donations for its relief efforts in Mozambique. To make a donation, please call ADRA=B9s toll-free number 1-800-424-ADRA (2372). To make an online donation or to find out more about ADRA, visit the web site at www.adra.org