|Heavy rains displace thousands in southern
More than 2,300 residents of Caia,
Mozambique, were evacuated when heavy rains forced the
Zambezi River out of its banks. A UMNS photo by the Rev.
By United Methodist News Service*
24, 2008 | BEIRA, Mozambique (UMNS)
Torrential rains that began Christmas Day in Mozambique,
Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe continue to force thousands from
their homes in southern Africa, according to United Methodist
leaders in those areas.Related Articles
Flooding in Mozambique has
particularly affected United Methodist churches in Chemba,
Buzi, Save and Nova Mambone.
The United Methodist
Committee for Relief is working with Action by Churches
Together and the Mozambique United Methodist Church to assess
needs and develop a plan of action. UMCOR will address the
immediate humanitarian concerns as well as long-term recovery
Urgent support is needed for the communities of
Buzi, Chemba, Caia and Machanga where many United Methodists
live, according to the Rev. Jacob Jenhuro, director of the
North Mozambique Conference Council on Ministries.
the communities of Buzi due to the Buzi River, and Machanga
due to the Save River, the water rose to the point that some
persons had been evacuated to areas considered safe," he said.
Those evacuation areas are now in danger of flooding as
Jenhuro said the government of the Sofala
Province reported that 1,843 were evacuated in Buzui, 4,000 in
Chemba, 2,313 in Caia, and 1,055 in Machanga.
are still reports of torrential rains in our neighboring
countries," said Ezequiel Nhantumbo, a representative of the
United Methodist Mozambique Initiative, an outreach of the
United Methodist Missouri Annual (regional)
"Zambia, a country sharing the same Zambezi
River, has declared national disaster due to floods. This
river will still pump a lot more water downstream worsening
the already deteriorated situation of the people of Sofala,
TeTe and Zambezia provinces," he added.
"We are in
prayer for thousands of families left without shelter and
food. As we are made of (the) same body of Christ, we are
reminded to realize that when one part of body is in pain, the
other part suffers."
United Methodists can aid
emergency relief efforts by contributing to "Mozambique
Emergency," UMCOR Advance #156500. Mail checks to UMCOR at
P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087, with the words "UMCOR
Advance #156500, Mozambique Emergency" written on the memo
line. Credit card donations can be made by calling (800)
554-8583. Donations are being accepted at http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/donations/advance/donate.cfm?code=156500&id=3018386.
for this report came from the United Methodist Missouri
Mozambique Initiative, UMCOR and the Rev. Jacob
News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert,
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