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RedR appeals for engineers to help in Mozambique


AN EMERGENCY call from the Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief has already identified about 60 members ready to fly immediately to Mozambique's flood disaster zones.

The unprecedented scale of flooding during the past four weeks has left large areas of the country under water. Though river levels were dropping this week, further typhoon storms were anticipated which could add to the catastrophe.

Seven civil engineers have already been flown out by various charities including Oxfam, Medecins sans Frontieres and the British Red Cross. They will mainly tackle temporary housing and purification of water supplies for the hundreds of thousands of refugees.

They will also look at rebuilding bridges swept away in the floods, a spokesman said, and try to restore land communications ahead of further rescue work. So far, helicopters and light planes have been rescuing stranded victims and dropping supplies.

However RedR is still looking for engineers to come forward to help. 'Unfortunately many of those available are only able to go for two or three weeks,' a spokeswoman said. 'And we also need to find those who speak Portuguese.'

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