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President says everything being done to assist flood victims

President Festus Mogae of Botswana has described the flood situation in his country as much better than that of Mozambique or Zimbabwe, but said he feared an outbreak of diseases among displaced people.

In remarks in a national radio address this week, PANA quoted Mogae as saying “the government is doing everything possible” to alleviate suffering of people whose homes were flooded. He cited a shortage of tents, and pleaded with the public to cooperate with government and NGO humanitarian workers. Latest weather reports indicate that with the exception of a few isolated areas, no further heavy rains are expected. Botswana offered US $5 million for flood victims in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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