SANDF to assist flood-stricken Mozambique

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced as torrential rain continues.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced as torrential rain continues in Malawi and Mozambique. Picture: @GiftAkefe, Twitter.

PRETORIA -The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) force will send troops to flood-stricken Mozambique today.

The group will comprise members of the South African Air Force with helicopters navy divers and medical personnel.

The countries have called for urgent help from the international community.

SANDF spokesman Xolani Mabanga says, "We will have a team of set-ups of members from different areas that will be assessing the situation in order to determine the exact assistance that maybe required further.

Dozens of people have drowned in severe flooding in Malawi and Mozambique.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced as the torrential rain continues and the countries have called for urgent help from the international community.

The countries have called for urgent help from the international community.

Most of the 73 people who've drowned in the flooding are in Malawi where nearly a third of the country's been declared a disaster area.

Some homes have been completely submerged. Livestock, crops and houses have been swept away.

In Mozambique waters have risen to double the flooding threshold.

Parts of the main north-south road traversing this long country have been submerged.

The heavy rains have also damaged crops in the country, which last year harvested a bumper 3.9 million tonnes of the staple maize crop, a surplus of almost a million tonnes.

Malawi's Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned of heavy rainfall and flash floods in the country for the next two to three weeks.

"So far, it is estimated that 69,995 people have been displaced by the floods and 48 people have lost their lives. The floods have also damaged a lot of hectares of crops, washed away livestock and damaged infrastructure such as roads and bridges," Mutharika said in a statement late on Tuesday.

He also said many people remained stranded and would need to be rescued from low-lying areas prone to flooding.

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