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Mozambique: After the floods - reuniting families

08-06-2000 News Release 00/21

Thirty-two volunteers from the Mozambique Red Cross Society are starting to register unaccompanied children separated from their families when cyclone Eline hit the country in February. They were trained by the ICRC in the south-eastern Sofala province in techniques that they will use in an attempt to trace the children's parents. Travel in the battered province is still difficult, however, and with strong winds and rains continuing to pound the country there has been further widespread destruction of homes and livelihoods, and considerable loss of life. Diseases such as cholera and malaria now threaten the survivors.

One of the most tragic consequences of the floods has been the break-up of families. At least 200 children have become separated from their parents and are now unsure of the whereabouts of their families, or even whether they are still alive.