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Mozambique's neighbours in trouble too

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From WEEKLY NEWS 09/00
Mozambique's neighbours are also suffering from widespread flooding. Funds from the International Federation's revised appeal for southern Africa will provide food and shelter for 20,000 beneficiaries in eastern and southern Zimbabwe. A state of emergency has been declared in Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South provinces. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has mobilized volunteers to take relief goods into areas which can still be reached by road. But with heavy rains continuing, the situation is set to deteriorate. There is a risk of an outbreak of cholera and other water borne diseases and the ZRCS is conducting health education campaigns. There is also an urgent need for tents, plastic sheeting, blankets, clean water and sanitation facilities. In Botswana, the situation is worst in the Francistown, Botei and southern districts. The Botswana Red Cross Society, with help from the Federation, is providing shelter, blankets and health services to some 20,000 homeless people. The German Red Cross has sent significant supplies of tents and blankets as well as a delegate. In Swaziland, some 250,000 people have been affected by flooding and the Federation will help the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society provide up to 10,000 beneficiaries with similar aid.

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