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Icelandic Red Cross gives aid to Mozambique

The Icelandic Red Cross contributed ISK three million (EUR 34,000, USD 45,000) this week to emergency relief in Mozambique, which has been hit with disastrous flooding, in response to a request from the International Red Cross.

According to mbl.is, heavy rain for the last few weeks has caused rivers to flood, including the Zambezi. At least 29 have lost their lives and about 120,000 have abandoned their homes.

The government in Mozambique estimates that nearly 300,000 people have suffered from some kind of financial damage because of the floods.

The worst hit areas are Zambezia, Sofala, Manica and Tete, and it is feared that cholera and malaria infections will increase as a result of the flooding.

Hurricane Favio hit the tourist destination Inhambane on Thursday, which did not cause significant destruction, but more hurricanes are expected to follow. As heavy rain come with hurricanes, the situation is likely to worsen.

The Red Cross urges the global community to react as quickly as possible to prevent a disaster as in 2000 and 2001 when flooding in Mozambique caused the death of 700,000 people.

The Icelandic Red Cross has cooperated with the Red Cross in Mozambique since 2000 on AIDS related projects and on providing care for street children, and has participated in the construction of a health care center with the Icelandic International Development Agency.

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