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US$50m for Areas Affected by Floods

The World Bank has assured of assisting Malawi with US$50 million to help in maintaining areas that were affected by the recent floods.

Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, points out that, “The [World] Bank decided to help the country having considered the diverse impact of the flooding and the desperate need for a quick response."

Gondwe says that apart from assisting those affected with the calamity, the money will also be used in rebuilding damaged roads, bridges, schools and houses of people affected.

NGOs Moves Out, Sanitation Disaster Looms

Disaster is looming for about 2 000 families that were displaced by floods in Tokwe-Murkosi area in Masvingo province after some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) recently moved out.
 
Masvingo provincial administrator, Felix Chikovo, told the Provincial Development Council that if the situation is not urgently addressed they could face a sanitation disaster.
 

Floods Compromise Service Delivery

Communities in Malawi risk losing their only health facility to floods, if nothing is done to protect it from flood water from the Nyankotola River.

Nsanje District Health Officer, Dr Medson Matchaya admitted that the problem has caused strain as during rainy seasons floods hit the health facility which affects the delivery of healthcare.

Mozambique Residents Evacuated After Floods

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mozambique has collaborated with the government to assist in the evacuation of residents affected by the heavy rains.

Mozambican authorities say they have evacuated about 3 000 families affected by floods to higher ground, since yesterday.

UNDP's humanitarian coordinating officer in Mozambique, Casimiro Sande, says the flooding is caused by the high rain fall recorded in South Africa and other countries as Mozambique is in a downstream.

At least 40 people have been killed since the start of the rains.

NGO, Govt, Set Up Base for Flood Victims

Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontierès (MSF), the South African Police Services and the Musina Local Municipality have set up a base at Dongola, Limpopo.

The base aimed at providing shelter to more than 150 flood victims, some of which have been stranded on rooftops in the greater Mapungubwe area and rescued by military helicopter.

Meanwhile, Coal of Africa Limited, a mining company operating in the area, has forced to halt its operations.

SADC Countries Urged to Rethink Dam Projects

A new study conducted by for the NGO, International Rivers, has found that the massive hydropower dams built on the Zambezi River, the largest river system in Southern Africa, not only supply power to major economies in the region but also help mitigate annual floods.

The organisation warns however, that as electricity demands grow and rising global temperatures affect rainfall patterns, the dams will be unable to meet energy needs or control floods.

Some Relief for Limpopo Flood Victims

More than 10 families, whose homes have been destroyed by floods, are receiving aid and housing from policewomen and the Gift of the Givers.

According to Limpopo police, the families lost everything when their houses were washed away two months ago.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, says that the families received blankets, clothes and food parcels from the South African Police Service Women's Network.

Meanwhile, the Gift of the Givers was building two-roomed ‘Zozo’ huts for each family and these are expected to be completed on 16 May 2012.

Maruleng Hit Hard by Floods

The Department of Human Settlements in Limpopo says that a total of 220 families have been affected by this week's floods in Maruleng.

The department spokesperson, Tseng Diale, says that according to a preliminary assessment, 101 families are in need of immediate shelter and tents are being provided for them.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Limpopo Department of Health, Kenny Mathivha, says the Mopani district - encompassing Baphalaborwa, Giyani, Letaba, Maruleng, and Tzaneen municipalities - was hardest hit by the flood.

SA Further Hit By Unseasonal Rains: Will This Further Affect Food Prices?

After experiencing terrible floods in January 2011, some parts of South Africa were further hit by unseasonal heavy rains in the second week of June 2011. The areas that were worst hit included the Western Cape and the Free State. This article seeks to explore the impact of these floods on food price inflation in South Africa.

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