Care to the stranded - who must still await rescue

MSF teams in Chokwe are distributing potable water and BP5 high protein biscuits to the stranded population there. In order to have faster access to the population MSF teams remained in the flooded area overnight where they stayed in a basic structure installed on the roof of a factory there.

As MSF provides medical care and can identify injured individuals, they are leaving large MSF stickers on the rooftops so helicopter evacuation teams can better identifiy people in need of emergency evacuation.

The flood levels in Chokwe are gradually falling but there are still thousands of people stranded on rooftops and in trees. MSF staff in the field there are over 5,000 currently stranded in treetops. Figures are 25,000 people stranded there in total.

There are 20,000 displaced in the Chaquelane transit camp, the first stop for people from Chokwe before being transported to Macia. In the Macia camp, there are more humanitarian organisations active including the World Food Programme, Caritas and Oxfam. Many people prefer to stay in the Chaquelane camp as it is closer to Chokwe. However MSF is trying to persude them to move to the Macia camp where conditions against flooding is better.

The Chaquelane camp also has 150 children without their parents. This is largely due to the children and eldest priority given to the helicopter evacuation teams.

The camps also have a large number of local nurses and medical staff to assist in the care.

MSF is also still active in Matola and Maputo where the displaced populations there are being housed in schools and health centres. MSF staff there are well prepared to tackle possible cholera cases. There have been three confirmed cholera cases in Matola and another five in Maputo.