Moz flood death toll rises

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iol news pic Gift of the Givers Moz aid INL SA Gift of the Givers staffers load trucks with 100 ton of emergency aid packages at their Bramley warehouse.This is in response of the dire floods situation that has befallen Mozambique. The humanitarian aid organisation is will be delivering the supplies to the disaster-stricken areas, where more that 80 000 people are believed to be displaced. Picture: Phill Magakoe

Maputo, Mozambique - The United Nations says the death toll from the flooding in Mozambique has risen by seven to at least 55 people.

The U.N. said Thursday that heavy rains in northern and central Mozambique have displaced 19 000 more people, raising the total number of displaced by floods the past two weeks to nearly 170 000.

The Mozambican government said there is a shortage of food for flood victims in southern Mozambique. Luis Nhala, a health official, said that residents are eating food that has mixed with contaminated flood water, which is resulting in cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Mozambican state television showed children in need of food and water. One man held an empty plate and told the camera: “Look, we are starving. The government must do something.” - Sapa-AP

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