Floods destroy crops, BGR steps in

By July 3, 2013

Mozambique (MNN) — While most of Mozambique’s record flooding ended in April, some families are still struggling to recover.

Image courtesy BGR

Image courtesy BGR

In most parts of the country, crops had already been planted when the floods began. Crops near rivers were swept away or rotted in the field after days of submersion in high standing water, effectively eliminating the 2013 harvest.

Experts say this year’s flooding was the worst to hit portions of Mozambique in over a decade, ruining nearly 250,000 acres of land. Annual flooding also lasted longer than usual, stretching from October 2012 to April 2013.

According to Baptist Global Response (BGR), the government has set up several help and relocation centers to assist flood-affected families. As people return to their homes and try to regain a livelihood, seed for replanting has been seen as the greatest priority.

BGR partners are acting quickly to get seed in the ground. Purchase of the seed was made possible by the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund.

Nutritious food is essential for the future of Mozambique, where 44-percent of children under age five are chronically malnourished.

Help provide food sources to desperate families through the World Hunger Fund.

Pray that maize, rice and vegetable seeds will yield an incredible harvest. Pray those who lost everything in the floods will find hope in Jesus Christ.

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