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Moz floods displace thousands

Africa

Chokwe, Mozambique - A U.N. official in flood-hit Mozambique says the world body will launch an appeal for $65 million in aid after flood waters killed 38 people.

The U.N. says more than 150 000 have been displaced by flooding in the southern African nation of Mozambique over the last several days. Marie Conselee Mukangendo, of the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, said Tuesday the overall death toll stands at 38.

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A picture taken on January 15, 2013 shows residents standing near a house washed away by torrential rainfalls in Maputo on January 15, 2013. Mozambique authorities raced to evacuate tens of thousands of residents from the flood-drenched south of the country on January 23, 2013 before a fresh swell of water hits. The first phase of the emergency operation kicked into gear, with teams using 10 rescue boats to move 30,000 people from the worst-hit areas around the district of Chokwe. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Mukangendo said the Chikahalani camp alone is holding an estimated 65,000 people but has only 28 latrines. She called the situation dire and said the U.N. would appeal for $65 million in relief aid on Wednesday.

Mozambique suffered record floods in 2000 that killed more than 700 people. - Sapa-AP

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