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Peter Kuthan / AZFA
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« on: March 10 2010 »

Greetings from Sinazongwe

We are fine at the valley; we just experienced much of rain for the past weeks. The floods come up to the school, the whole school was in water, and several houses collapsed in sinazongwe bridges were swept away. The district is cut from the rest of the country. Malima people used boats to come to Sinazongwe then connect to Choma, unfortunately at Sinazeze again the bridge was cut recently vehicles are not crossing to go to Choma and along Maamba from Sinazeze the road got cut also. Many vehicles are marooned either on the other side or in between the district. 

We give thanks to the monies you left we hope it will reach us in time to help us clear the balance of the mast of which I have been warned of loosing it, reactivate our Radio account which we have failed to maintain for the consecutively months, improve the studio and enable to push the Ministry to approve the licence.

On the closure of the radio account we lose out on proposal request to other organization. Like recently we lost a contract to air TB dissemination information to the Sinazongwe community because of not having an account. Mr Simango indicated that you left money, but it was not clear when it will be sent to us. I hope we won’t lose it as we lost the previous pledge due to the other side wanting to come across and implement and buying time. We don’t know if it can be possible to send it on Bank transfer or travelling across.

We appreciate all the effort you put in place in order to achieve the desired goals. As we are a beginning project we will always push you till we stand on our feet just like a child who will lean to the parents till he has grown. We hope to remain committed until we attain the go.   

Moyo Josiah
 
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« Reply #1 on: March 14 2010 »

UN aid agencies on alert for potential floods in Southern Africa

11 March 2010 –The United Nations is gathering supplies for some 130,000 people in southern Africa on alert for potential evacuation from flood-risk zones following weeks of torrential rains in northern Mozambique and neighbouring Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Normal to above normal rains have swollen rivers, forcing authorities to discharge water from the Kariba Dam in Zimbabwe and the Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

The Mozambican Government on Tuesday declared a Red Alert, signifying imminent danger. Over the past week, between 50 and 100 millimetres of rainfall was reported in the Northern and Central regions of Mozambique, particularly in areas located on the Zambezi River such as Tete, Manica, Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula and Inhambane provinces.

The UN Children's Agency (UNICEF) has said the Government and its aid partners have pre-emptively relocated at least 13,000 people displaced people to safe areas.

In Zambia, of the 4,800 estimated people living in the affected area, at least 900 have been have been taken to Independence Stadium in northern Lusaka, where the Government has set up temporary shelter.

The Ministry of Education there has told local UNICEF officials that some 10 schools in the Lusaka areas are under water. The flooding has already caused a spike in water-borne illnesses in Zambia. At least 900 cases of cholera have been reported, of which 19 were fatal.

Governments in Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe are monitoring the situation closely with UN Country Teams and national hydrological agencies, and coordinating with international partners on a response.

Given that the rainy season is ending in southern Africa and the situation appears to be under control so far, the probability of further flooding causing a significant humanitarian impact appears to be low, OCHA reported.

The rainy season in east Africa is just beginning. Unusually heavy rains in Kenya and Uganda have caused deadly flooding affecting thousands of people in both countries.
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« Reply #2 on: April 15 2010 »

ZAMBIA: Health Fears Follow Floods

Lloyd Himaambo

LUSAKA, Apr 10 (IPS) - As the heavy rains subside, signifying the end of the rainy season, a cholera outbreak is sweeping through the Zambian capital, Lusaka.
Humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), issued an alert on Apr. 9 concerning a cholera epidemic that has swept the city.

 "Over the last five weeks, the number of cholera cases has risen dramatically, to more than 4,500, while more than 120 people have lost their live," said Luke Arend, head of mission for MSF in Zambia.

"Last week we suffered the peak of the outbreak with a total of 1054 cases admitted.  This number of cholera cases is by far the highest recorded in the last decade."

The government’s initial response to the epidemic was to deny it. Even as the media reported a rising death toll from cholera in February, the ministry of health maintained there was no outbreak.

Some seventeen districts across the country have been affected, but Lusaka is the worst hit. Most of Lusaka’s slightly more than three million people live in its 38 informal settlements. These shanty neighbourhoods suffer cholera outbreaks each year as torrential rains quickly fill pit latrines and contaminate wells with raw sewage. Large areas of the city are not serviced by the municipality, which asserts that they are unplanned settlements.

Even in areas where the municipality has a presence, the drainage system is clogged making it prone to flooding after even relatively light rain. Market places are filthy, with mountains of garbage piled high. Public toilets are few and far between, and where they do exist they are in deplorable condition.

This year's flooding - the worst in several decades - comes despite major investment in repairing the city's drainage system over the past year. Despite the remedial work, thousands of people in the city's densely-populated townships have been displaced.

The Zambia Red Cross Society admits that the situation is bad. Charles Mushitu, who directs the Zambian Red Cross, says his organisation has had to pitch more tents at a campsite just outside the city. The site is operated jointly by the Red Cross and the government’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) which is providing basic services such as maize meals and chlorine to purify drinking water.

The authorities in the Zambian capital have asked those who received temporary shelter to move back to their homes, even though in many cases their houses have collapsed and their livelihoods have been destroyed.

Esther Lungu is worried about returning to her home in the Misisi quarter. Lungu was among several families relocated to the Red Cross campsite when a nearby dam overflowed and her compound was submerged.

She and her four children were given a tent by the Red Cross and she says she has been relatively comfortable.

"I don’t know what will happen when they tell us to leave this place," says Lungu, who is not married and has no formal employment. Before the disaster, she sold vegetables at the market to sustain her family.

But now she is worried as she does not know if the small hut she was renting is still standing. She is also not sure she will still be able to reclaim her market stand when she returns.

(END/2010)
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