Subject: Viridian Note 00138: Viridian Disaster
Key concepts: torrential rains, Mozambique
Attention Conservation Notice: Three solid weeks of African weather disaster, and the situation is still intensifying.
(((Meanwhile, in an area of the world where FORTUNE and ARTBYTE don't have many subscribers, those who managed to survive a civil war are facing floods, cholera, dysentery, and starvation.)))
"Bleak night ahead for flood-stranded Mozambicans(2131 GMT)
"MAPUTO, Mozambique (CNN) == Thousands of people were stranded atop cars, roofs and trees in Mozambique on Monday as rain-fed rivers rose ever higher, engulfing whole villages while rescuers worked frantically to save everyone they could.
"More than 2,000 people were rescued by Monday by five South African defense force helicopters == but a World Food Program (WFP) coordinator said than more than 100,000 were still stranded in the region, many without food or water for up to four days. (...)
"The already-strained helicopters flew back and forthferrying stranded villagers to safety, often dangerously overloaded. One pilot said he just closes his eyes, hits the power and hopes they lift off. (...)
"For those who have been rescued, the situation isonly marginally less dire. Little food, water and shelter is available. (...)
"More than half a million have lost their homes inMozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana during three weeks of torrential rains."
(((Painfully correct English from the Mozambican emergency services)))
rainfall reached 328mm less than 24 hours on 6th February. According to international measurements, rainfall in the region of 100mm in 24 hours is a disaster indicator, given its devastating impact on people and socio-economic infrastructure." (...)"It should be noted that in Maputo/Mavalane,
"19. The rainfall registered over the past daysaltered all technical references. The rivers in Maputo province rose so drastically that it was difficult to read the measuring scales."
rainfall unprecedented in the last 50 years (see Annex 3). We hope that we can rely once again on the solidarity and generous support of all.""41. We are facing a public disaster caused by
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