Mozambique (MNN) — Torrential rains have swollen Africa's Zambezi River, causing raging waters to engulf small towns and large areas of agricultural lands in Mozambique's central Sofala province. The floodwaters destroyed roads and bridges, killed several people, and displaced tens of thousands more. Officials have also warned of outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.
Authorities had predicted the coming of the heavy rains as far back as November, and now they fear it could continue into April. The floodwaters are now spreading to neighboring countries, officials said. It could be the worst flooding in recent memory, according to the United Nations.
In response to the severe flooding in Mozambique, the Food for the Hungry Relief Unit has submitted a proposal to UNICEF for maternal and child nutrition assistance in several villages hard-hit by the flooding. In particular, the funding will allow Food for the Hungry to support ongoing monitoring of nutritional status of children, pregnant and lactating women, and other vulnerable individuals. Nutritional support and care, as well as life-saving supplies such as soya blend, will be provided to those suffering from malnutrition.
Food for the Hungry has been working in Mozambique for the past 20 years, helping churches and leaders meet the communities' physical and spiritual needs. Your financial support to help alleviate the suffering caused by the flooding will make a big difference in the lives of many Mozambicans in need.