CWS: Southern Africa flooding

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SITUATION: Mozambique, after suffering torrential rain storms followed by the deluge of Cyclone Eline, continues to endure severe flooding from the release of excess water from dams in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
More rain is expected early next week. Currently, over 300,000 people are displaced from their homes, 70 people have died, and outbreaks of cholera, meningitis, and malaria are imminent.

The floodwater has also affected South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia in what has been deemed the worst flooding experienced in the region in decades, reports the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Over 800,000 people have been affected throughout the region and it is likely to get worse.

RESPONSE: CWS is responding to a request from the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM) providing $10,000 in CWS Blanket Funds. These funds will be used to provide blankets for 2,000 people. CWS will provide technical assistance, as well as further rehabilitation program support to the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM). To aid in technical support, CWS consultant Ivan Dekam will travel to Mozambique next week to provide support and evaluate technical needs. Further needs may be identified. CWS is initially appealing for support in the amount of $200,000: $50,000 - designated to CWS Southern Africa Floods #976416 for technical assistance.

CWS also encourages additional support through the ACT appeal AFSA01 in the amount of $150,000, designated to the South African Council of Churches, (SACC).

Call the CWS HOTLINE for updates: (800) 297-1516, ext. 111.