UN needs aid for Mozambique

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Chokwe, Mozambique - A United Nations official in flood-hit Mozambique says at least $15-million in aid is needed after floodwaters that killed 38 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.

The UN says more than 150 000 people have been displaced by flooding in the southern African nation over the last several days.

Marie Conselee Mukangendo, of the UN children's agency Unicef, said on Tuesday that the overall death toll stands at 38.

Mukangendo said the Chikahalani camp alone is holding an estimated 65 000 people but has only 28 latrines.

She called the situation dire.

The UN said it estimates at least $15-million would be needed for initial relief aid.

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


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