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ABOUT 150,000 villagers have been hit by devastating floods in Mozambique that left 40 dead, reports Plan International.
Most are seeking temporary shelter after heavy rains washed away their homes in the East African country.
Aid workers for Plan will be focusing on child protection and education programmes to ensure life returns to normal as soon as possible for children caught up in the crisis.
“A considerable number of houses, infrastructure, roads and bridges were damaged or blocked,” says Plan’s Country Director in Mozambique, Jennifer Martinesi.
“The needs of families, as well as the number of people affected and deaths, may increase as the situation evolves.”
More rain is forecast, prompting fears of further flooding, while the likelihood of disease outbreaks rise with persistent water levels.
Families have been evacuated form some of the worst hit areas, while nearly 150 schools have flood damage.
Along with health and shelter of those fleeing swamped areas, clean water and sanitation are also a priority.
“Plan’s work will include school supplies to ensure children resume class as soon as water recedes,” says Ms Martinesi.
“Assessments are ongoing to determine the extent of the damages in the education sector and the pressing issues on child protection.”
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