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Mutarara, Mozambique, January 14, 2008A woman and child wade through floodwaters in Mutarara's Tete district on January 9, 2008, in a photo released by UNICEF on Monday.

About 45 people have died and tens of thousands were displaced as heavy downpours caused rivers in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi to flood.

In Mozambique thousands of people who lost their homes during floods last February are again at risk as the rising waters threaten their resettlement camps along the Zambezi River.

"The floods have hit some of the poorest and most isolated communities in the country, where access to social services is limited," UNICEF reported on its Web site.

And as heavy rains continue to fall, officials fear that the situation will become as bad asif not worse thanthe record floods of 2000-01, which killed 700 people and caused the equivalent of 500 million U.S. dollars in damages.

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—Photograph by Theirry Delvigne-Jean/UNICEF/AP
 
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