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$34M flood appeal – Disaster costs rise in Mozambique

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As receding floodwaters revealed the extent of damage in Mozambique, the United Nation’s food agency launched a new $34 million appeal for international aid, Reuters reports.

The latest appeal raises total funding needs for Mozambique to $45.2 million. 

So far, the U.N’s World Food Programme has received $13 million in aid.

Those funds have been used to deliver 2,300 tons of food aid to Mozambique and to stockpile 7,000 tons more in Maputo, to be delivered as roads and bridges re-open.

In the next six months, the U.N. agency plans to go beyond food aid to help return people to their homes and rebuild infrastructure in the area.

The flood destroyed thousands of hectares of land in areas of Mozambique already identified as food insecure before the disaster, Reuters reports.

“The safety net of a second harvest simply does not exist,” Georgia Shaver, WFP manager for southern Africa, told Reuters.

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