The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) is to urgently airlift 350 mt of maize and beans to 70,000 flood victims in southern Mozambique.
Most of the victims are from the cities of Vilankulo and Inhassorro, in Inhambane province which has had no access to food and basic health care since last week when the floods began. WFP said the emergency aid was enough to feed people for about 10 days.
In a statement, WFP’s Georgia Shaver said: “It’s virtually impossible to move food overland because all road access into and out of Mozambique’s southern province of Inhambane along the coast is completely cut off from the rest of the country.”
Mozambique is currently experiencing the worst flooding in 40 years.
WFP said it needs about US$ 125,000 for the airlift operation and it had appealed to donors for funds.
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