Humanitarian crisis in Mozambique01 February 2013
Incessant rain caused significant flooding in the Zambezi region of Mozambique, Africa, in the last two weeks, killing at least 55 residents and displacing 170,000 as of Thursday.
Cosmos Mutowa, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries/Helping Hands Africa regional coordinator, said countless individuals are without homes, shelter, and food.
“We are appealing for assistance to meet some of the needs,” he said. “[Supplies needed] are tents, blankets, and nets for mosquitos, rehabilitation of latrines, and water sources and other peripheral needs.”
A health official told the Associated Press that many individuals able to find food are mixing it with contaminated water, resulting in sickness.
The Church of the Nazarene has a strong presence in Mozambique, which is part of the Africa Region’s Lusophone Field. The field, which also includes Angola, has doubled in church membership in the last few years to 164,558 (2012 report).
There are 1,839 Nazarene churches, 31 districts, two Nazarene schools, and four of the denomination’s missionaries in Mozambique.
Prayer is requested for those affected by this disaster, including the many Nazarenes.
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