At least 29 people are reported to have died and tens of thousands left homeless as a result of severe flooding in Mozambique, while United Nations humanitarian officials are warning that the situation could deteriorate over the coming days. Conditions are particularly bad in the central region where the Zambezi river and its tributaries have become swollen due to heavy rainfall across much of the southern African region, flooding farmland and displacing people from their homes. Emergency aid workers are struggling to reach people stranded by the floodwaters and deliver food and other basic necessities to the displaced who have gathered in relocation centres on high ground. The floods are thought to be the worst in Mozambique since 2001, when over 700 people lost their lives.

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