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Überschwemmungen im südlichen Afrika
ein Bericht aus Bulawayo, Simbabwe
von meiner Gastkorrespondentin Trish Austin

The floods have missed us in Bulawayo but I will gather up some news paper reports of what has been happening and forward them on to you. The worst affected areas are Gwanda, Beitbridge, and the Lowveld Chiredzi and Triangle. Yesterday they reported that 200 000 people in these areas are now homeless as their huts are just colapsing with the heavy rains. Doing large amounts of damage to the little property these people have.

In most cases villages have lost every thing they own including the little grain they have left from last years harvest. This years crops are being washed away so the floods will have long reaching effects on these people. As you know our rural folk live a very hand to mouth existance and these areas have all been affected by drought for many years and have not managed to build up any reserve of food or basic aminities now the little they have is being destroyed by the floods.

Rescue and relief is coming but slowly as most people and countries are concerned but the worst hit Mosambique.

Copyright Text: Trish Austin  / Grafik: C.K. Cooke / Layout: Dr. Igüz 2000