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Mozambique flooding displaces 150,000, kills at least 80

Flooding in southern Mozambique has displaced almost 150,000 people and has killed at least 80 as aid agencies struggle to get assistance to affected communities.

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Flooding in Mozambique in recent weeks has displaced tens of thousands of people and forced evacuations in the south of the country. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Flooding in southern Mozambique has displaced almost 150,000 people and has killed at least 80 as aid agencies struggle to get assistance to affected communities.

"The Mozambican government and aid organizations are struggling to respond to the needs," the UN said, according to Reuters.

Aid group have said that supplies of drugs and malaria test kits were running low, heightening concern of the spread of disease.

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In Chokwe, the hardest hit town about 90 miles north of Maputo, six of 23 medical facilities were working, and no ambulances were running. People left homeless due to the floods are being housed in 30 tent cities organized by the government and the UN.

Earlier this week, the UN said Mozambique would need at least $15 million in relief aid to recover from the natural disaster, reported Al Jazeera. Floodwaters have now started to recede in the country and residents have begun returning to Chokwe.

According to the Associated Press, Mozambique was hit by record floods in 2000 that killed more than 700 people.

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