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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:29 pm

UN: Mozambique floods displace 150k, leave 38 dead

By TENDAI MUSIYAAssociated Press

A U.N. official in flood-hit Mozambique says at least $15 million in aid is needed to help after flood waters have killed 38 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.

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.

Mukangendo said the Chikahalani camp alone is holding an estimated 65,000 people but has only 28 latrines. She called the situation dire. The U.N. said it estimates at least $15 million would initially be needed in relief aid.

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