U.S.-Based Relief Org. Sends Emergency Supplies and Response Teams to Help Mozambique Flood Victims
Samaritan's Purse is providing emergency supplies and relief for thousands of families displaced by floods in Mozambique. The international Christian relief organization is coordinating relief supplies coming from three countries—by planes and across land.
Officials estimate that catastrophic flooding in Mozambique displaced more than 150,000 people and impacted 250,000. Many evacuees are now gathered in makeshift camps that lack access to clean water, food, shelter and sanitary conditions.
Disaster assistance response teams from Samaritan's Purse are helping more than 16,000 displaced families by providing clean water, constructing latrines, and promoting hygiene to prevent outbreaks of disease.
Relief flights arriving from the U.S. and Kenya today will bring blankets, plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, jerry cans, soap, water-quality equipment and diesel-powered water pumps to aid in relief efforts.
"Right now, water is critical to the survival of women, men and children living in these ad hoc communities," said Aaron Ashoff, Samaritan's Purse disaster team leader in Mozambique. "We are coming across family after family that has lost almost all they have and are living under the shade of trees with their few remaining possessions: buckets, makeshift tarps and basic utensils. We know the people of Mozambique are suffering, and we are committed to helping them in their time of need."
(photos of Mozambique relief work are available upon request)
- Interview (via phone or Skype) Aaron Ashoff, who is leading Samaritan's Purse's relief efforts on the ground.
- Speak with Nathan Glancy, Samaritan's Purse Country Director in Mozambique, who has been working in the country for five years.
- Travel to Mozambique to see the impact of the organization's relief work.
Samaritan's Purse has been working in Mozambique since 2000, when the country experienced severe flooding that killed more than 800 people. The organization helped thousands of flood victims by providing access to clean water, food, shelter and medical treatment. Today, Samaritan's Purse continues to operate in three provinces of Mozambique—Gaza, Inhmabane and Zambezia. Projects include: maternal and child health, latrine construction and hygiene training, employing 140 people.
Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, based in Boone, North Carolina, that responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan's Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid in the name of Jesus Christ to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, please visit www.samaritanspurse.org.