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MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is responding to major flooding in southern Mozambique, providing food and preparing emergency kits for thousands of those affected.
ADRA Mozambique already delivered US$25,000 of food aid in the areas outside Maputo and Motola, reports Curtis Hesse, ADRA Mozambique director. The Euro-Africa Division funded the relief.
"According to reports in Mozambique, there are more than 400,000 people affected by the flooding, including 80,000 children under the age of five," reports Hesse. "Most of their homes continue to be flooded, and all bridges over the Save River in the north are cut off, making relief efforts nearly impossible. In some places, the water is over the shoulder"
ADRA is organizing additional assistance through its international network. ADRA Germany is organizing the production of emergency kits for thousands of families. ADRA Mozambique staff met with the governor of Maputo to discuss the distribution of the emergency kits and additional food. The emergency kits will include such items as tarpaulins, mosquito nets, blankets and cooking pots.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is storing 100 metric tonnes of food commodities at ADRAs warehouse in northern Mozambique. The items include flour, oil, beans, salt and sugar.
"It could easily be another two months before the water recedes. In some areas, it is even still increasing from rivers feeding more water to the already flooded areas," explains Hesse. "As a result, ADRA staff are already putting together long-term plans to help the affected areas recover from the destruction of their crops. Our rehabilitation efforts will include providing seeds and technical advice on restoring lost crops."
In December 1999, the Australian government awarded ADRA with nearly US$1.5 million for a three-year Food Security/Cashew Reforestation Project in Mozambique. The purpose of the project is to increase food security within the households of 6,400 families (more than 38,400 residents) in the Pebane District. ADRA has implemented similar programs elsewhere in Mozambique, and also in northern Ghana where more than 10 million trees were planted in the last nine years.
ADRA, established in 1956, is an independent, humanitarian agency created with the specific purpose of individual and community development and disaster relief in more than 120 countries worldwide. ADRAs International office in Silver Spring, Maryland, is accepting monetary donations for its relief efforts in Mozambique. To make a donation, please call ADRAs 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