Rapid Response to Mozambique Flooding

Provided by the Salvation Army World Service Office

 

 

This post was contributed by The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO)

The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) is providing support to in the Zambezia province of Mozambique after flooding sparked by heavy rains has killed more than 100 people and displaced thousands.

In the town of Mocuba alone, located in central Zambezia, the flooding caused by an overflowed Licungo river was described as the worst since 1971, having destroyed the homes of 15,000 people. The majority of deaths were caused by drowning, lightning, and collapsed houses.

Emergency teams of The Salvation Army of Zambezia have assisted 4,000 displaced people in Mocuba to move from the disaster affected area to the sites organized by the local government.

SAWSO is supporting relief efforts through funds that will provide food, clothing and hygiene items for thousands in need.

“Natural disasters such as this can be one of the most important causes and sustainers of poverty, and as one of the poorest countries in the world, Mozambique’s limited preparation and mitigation efforts mean that it’s people are more severely affected by disasters,” said Betsy Baldwin, Technical Advisor – Disaster Relief and Recovery. “The Salvation Army, in partnerships with government and other organizations, will continue serving the impacted communities of Mozambique - providing practical, physical and spiritual support at the areas of greatest need.”

Monetary gifts allow us to meet the unique needs of international communities in crisis. If you would like to support disaster relief projects of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), please visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/SAWSO and designate your gift as “Disaster Relief & Reconstruction”.

 

The Salvation Army has nurtured the underprivileged since its founding in 1865.  Today it operates in 126 countries, integrated with local communities – building deep partnerships.  These carefully nurtured ties with local residents allow The Salvation Army to see below the surface to understand the root of many issues.  At the Salvation Army World Service Office, we leverage this more profound understanding to help identify local needs.  We support the work accomplished to address those needs.  And long after the work is done, we continue to encourage positive change, through local Salvation Army personnel and local leaders on the ground.

Tags: International, Disaster Services