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UN: Floods, Cyclones, Rain Affect Nearly a Million People in Southern Africa


United Nations relief officials say nearly a million people across Southern Africa have suffered damaging effects from recent floods, cyclones and heavy rains.

The officials say severe weather that began last October has disrupted the lives of about 987,000 people.

They say Madagascar has been hardest hit, with more than 332,000 people affected by several cyclones and floods.

The floods and cyclones have destroyed homes, roads and crops across the region. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says many families are living in temporary shelters, while others have lost their cattle and livelihoods.

The U.N. says the worst weather is over for another year, but problems could persist through the end of April.

U.N. humanitarian officials say more rains likely will hit central Mozambique, where rivers are already swollen.

Other countries affected include Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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