ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Tracey Wilson (SA) is part of a two-person SRT in Mozambique currently assessing the need for emergency shelter following widespread flooding that has displaced tens of thousands of people. She reflects on her experience so far:
‘We travelled to Chiaquelane, the biggest camp in the Gaza province. It’s near Chokwe, the city that has been one of the hardest-hit areas by the floods. Most of its 70,000 residents escaped with whatever they could grab as the Limpopo River burst its banks engulfing their homes. It has been recorded that there are over 55,000 people living here.
‘Tents and plastic sheeting are scattered all over the bush. People are living everywhere. Water is provided by eight wells and water trucks delivered daily. Informal traders have set up stalls in and around the site. The camp also provides food once a day.
‘Apparently 4,500 more people have arrived in the last few days as news spread that more floods are anticipated. Even though the water levels are reducing in Chokwe, the local Government has advised people not to return to their homes.
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