Thousands flee flooding in southern Africa; ministry responds

By January 15, 2008

Southern Africa (MNN) — Widespread flooding in Southern Africa has tipped off a humanitarian crisis. More rains in the forecast could worsen the damage in the region. These are said to be the heaviest rains in Zimbabwe and Zambia in more than 100 years.

Tens of thousands of people in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique have been displaced.

World Vision's team is working at providing shelter, water and sanitation until the situation stabilizes. Reports indicate that in Mozambique, up to 55,000 people have been affected by the flooding of the main river basins in the central region. In Zambia, crops have been washed away in the south and southwest of the country, while in Malawi, up to 1,400 households have lost homes and livestock.

There are heightened concerns for Zimbabwe. Aid agencies fear that the heavy rains might swamp vast areas of crops and aggravate the current food shortage. In fact, that could be the case across all the flooded regions. World Vision already is in some of the areas because some have been experiencing their worst drought in 30 years.

WVI is collecting funds to provide food for hungry children and families affected by the severe drought and flooding in Southern Africa.

When combined with government grants, funds collected will triple in impact to provide nutritious food to those who are suffering and need it the most. Pray for World Vision staff to be able to continue providing emergency
aid effectively as they act as the hands and feet of Christ.

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