The European Commission is allocating €3 million in humanitarian aid to help the most vulnerable people affected by heavy rains which have battered several Southern African countries. Mozambique, the country hardest hit by the floods, has seen more than 250 000 people, mostly women and children, affected by the crisis. An estimated 190 000 of those have been uprooted from their homes due to floods.
Access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities will be a priority for the new funding to help those affected by floods. Since cholera outbreaks are endemic in Mozambique and the Gaza Region has a high rate of HIV and AIDS affected people, the support will also focus on health and protection.
The most critical situation is in the Limpopo valley, in the province of Gaza but the situation is also deteriorating in other parts of the country, especially in the province of Zambezia, where growing numbers of people need to be evacuated to safer areas.