Mozambique

AmeriCares responds with emergency medicines and relief supplies

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[New Canaan, CT March 2, 2000] - Thousands of people remain trapped on roofs and in treetops, as waters continue to rise in flood-ravaged Mozambique. The situation is likely to worsen before it improves, with many of the nation's 15 rivers still receiving waters from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. The threat of a new cyclone, Gloria, now hovering in the Indian Ocean, has spurred relief efforts.
AmeriCares relief workers are preparing to depart for Maputo, where they will identify a comprehensive needs list and lock into place a solid distribution plan. AmeriCares staff are currently soliciting additional relief materials. The first shipment is scheduled for the week of March 6th.

"AmeriCares is responding with emergency medicines, medical supplies and other relief items for the victims of this devastating crisis," remarks Robert C. Macauley, AmeriCares Founder. "We will work closely with local organizations in Mozambique to distribute the urgently needed aid."

It is estimated that 1,000,000 people have lost their homes in the disaster, after entire villages disappeared beneath floodwaters. With the last few days, 30,000 people have flocked to the main refugee camp at Chaquelane, 160 km northeast of Maputo. Contaminated water supplies increase the threat of disease. Emergency medicine and relief supplies are desperately needed.

AmeriCares solicits donations of medicines, medical supplies, and other relief materials from U.S. manufacturers, and delivers them quickly and reliably to indigenous health and welfare professionals in over 130 countries around the world. Financial contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations are used to defray the cost of AmeriCares' programs.

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 bring urgently needed relief to 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.