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After the Floods: AmeriCares to Address Urgent Health Crisis in Mozambique

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Over 80,000 pounds of medical relief to depart Amsterdam tomorrow
New Canaan, CT (March 13, 2000) - AmeriCares, the international and national disaster relief organization, announced today that it will address the urgent health crisis that has arisen in the aftermath of the devastating floods in Mozambique. 80,000 pounds of emergency medicines, medical supplies, antibiotics, oral rehydration solutions, nutritional supplements, blankets and other relief materials will depart from Amsterdam tomorrow, arriving in Maputo on Wednesday morning.

AmeriCares personnel, on site in Maputo, have identified a critical needs list for flood survivors who are suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, dysentery, diarrhea, malaria, cholera and other life-threatening conditions. AmeriCares is coordinating with UNICEF Mozambique and the National Institute for Disaster Management to distribute the relief supplies to local health facilities and emergency clinics in the regions most devastated by the floods.

"AmeriCares will work to fight malnutrition and the spread of disease in Mozambique, providing urgently needed medicines, medical supplies and nutritionals," stated Robert C. Macauley, AmeriCares Founder. "Our hearts go out to the victims of this devastating crisis."

Some 250,000 people have been forced into 74 makeshift refugee camps, where cases of cholera and malaria have already been reported in numbers. Thousands of children, many of whom were separated from their parents during the search and rescue, are now suffering from severe cases of diarrhea. It is estimated that one million people were affected by the disaster, after entire villages disappeared beneath floodwaters. Although the death toll has not been officially updated, many believe thousands of bodies will be discovered in the mud, once waters recede.

AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs "and supports long-term healthcare programs" for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.

Please help us to continue our efforts for flood victims in Mozambique by sending your cash donations, marked Mozambique Flood Relief, to AmeriCares, 161 Cherry Street, New Canaan, CT 06840 or by calling AmeriCares at 1.800.486.HELP. For more information, visit our website at www.americares.org.