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    Posted January 28, 2013 by
    Xai Xai City, Mozambique

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    Family's harrowing escape from Mozambique flood waters caught on video


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     A World Vision communications officer in Mozambique said he was on his way to inspect some projects in Xai Xai City, capital of the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, on Sunday and the government had just given an alert asking people to leave the lower parts of the city due to more flooding. Heavy rains have displaced more than 150,000 people in Gaza, according to the United Nations.

    'That's when I saw this family and began recording. This was just one of the many families I saw who had to be rescued that day. In fact, several of World Vision's own staff members had to be rescued after being stranded for several days.'

    The man in the video, Moises, left his house and crops submerged in water as well as goats, ducks and chickens, the iReporter said. 'What he thought was a promising of year without hunger, is now submerged in water. The last time I saw the family, unfortunately they're like so many others I've seen camping on the road sides waiting for help.'

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    This scene and photos were captured by World Vision staff in Xai Xai city, southern Mozambique. The government asked people to evacuate because of the high potential for more flooding there.

    “This morning, all seemed to be a normal day,” Moises Mimbire says. “Suddenly our home surrounded by water. We tried to get whatever we could, but it was too late. We succeeded to take some animals.”

    Moises, 64, was surprised by the floods and did not have enough time to evacuate before his house was surrounded by water. He and his young grandchildren - Justino, Juvêncio and Julieta, and a friend João had to fight through the water. Together they guided some cattle and held on to a bicycle. These were only belongings they were able to remove from the house.

    As the family approached a bridge, the water currents were too strong for the old man and his grandchildren. The cattle succeeded in reaching the dry land, but the children and Moises needed help. Fortunately, some people gave them a helping hand.

    “Come to this side,” shouted the people standing next to the bridge pointing to the right where the water current was not so strong. A group of boys stretched a rope to rescue them.

    “I heard in the radio that this could happen, but I was not fast enough,” Moises said.

    Without water, food and shelter, Moises and his family, are among thousands of families with an uncertain future. Approximately 100,000 have been displaced by the floods and more are expected to be displaced in the next two months. World Vision is helping people affected by the floods with hygiene kits containing blankets, soap and other items.
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