Kosovo aid workers launch appeal for Mozambique

An appeal for the flood victims in Mozambique was launched today by the Kosovo country offices of the relief and development organizations CARE International, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Children's Aid Direct (CAD), World Vision International (WVI) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said a spokesperson for CARE.
The five organizations are appealing to the hearts and pockets of some 50,000 international humanitarian, military and United Nations staff currently operating in Kosovo, and hope to raise $200,000 by April 17th. The proceeds of the appeal will go to the Mozambican Red Cross, a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross, which is providing vital relief to 35,000 people affected by the floods.

"This is a tremendous show of solidarity, and is very much appreciated," said Richard Hunlédé, a team leader for the IFRC in Southern Africa.

President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique has said that the number of people affected by the country's devastating floods had reached at least two million, and predicted that the death toll would run into thousands. The economy was still being assessed, but initial estimates for the repair of roads and bridges were currently at US $89 million and mounting, with electricity infrastructure repairs to cost of US $10 million.

The floods, which were caused by two cyclones last month and continuing heavy rain, are among the worst to hit Mozambique, one of the poorest African countries, in years.

For more information about the appeal, contact Alix de Mauny, CARE International Public Information Officer. Email: Mobile: ++389 70 267 043