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Southern Africa floods - update

Floods continue to cause damage to crops and homes in southern Africa (ECHO)
Floods continue to cause damage to crops and homes in southern Africa
ECHO

Southern Africa is bracing itself for more torrential downpours and flooding as the rainy season reaches its mid-point. At least 1 million people in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are at risk as water levels in the Zambezi River basin continue to rise.

The floods have already destroyed the crops and homes of nearly 450,000 people in the four countries, leaching vital soil nutrients and providing breeding grounds for vectors carrying diseases such as Rift Valley Fever.

When Cyclone Ivan struck Madagascar in mid-February, it brought torrential rain and winds over 125mph to this island nation. Food supplies have been hit after an estimated 15,000 ha of rice fields were flooded in the country's Alaotro Mangoro region.

Date published: March 2008

 

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