Although renewed flooding in some parts of Mozambique held up relief distributions this week, the Red Cross has managed to reach an ever greater number of flood victims. The main road into the town of Chokwe in Gaza province was once again cut by flood waters earlier in the week, slowing down the aid operation. But with major roads re-opening elsewhere in the region, the Red Cross managed to extend its reach, helping up to 70,000 people in the Limpopo basin alone. Continued heavy rainfall in the Save river region has meant a project to chlorinate 2,500 wells in Nova Mambone remains on hold. But with waters generally receding around the flood-affected provinces, water sanitation projects have taken on an even greater sense of urgency as people return to their homes and are without clean water. A Red Cross rehabilitation assessment mission begins this weekend to devise a six-month plan which will also look into preparing against any future flood disaster. The sheer scale of the disaster and the long-term needs of the people will prompt a revision of the Federation appeal for Mozambique.
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