Incomati River Flooding in Southern Mozambique

After heavy rainfall and severe flooding struck in the northern provinces of South Africa on 3 March, areas just across the border in southern Mozambique are now suffering a similar fate.

The floods first began on Sunday 9 March 2014 and so far have affected areas in the Incomati river basin, in particular in the district of Manhica. Over 6,000 people are thought to be at risk from flooding there. Mozambique’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) has called for people to evacuate their homes. Roads, bridges and crops have all been damaged.

River levels have been made worse by heavy rainfall in areas upsrtream, namely South Africa and Swaziland. Further heavy rainfall is forecast and flooding is expected to affect the districts of Magude and Manhiça over the next few days.

Levels of the Umbeluzi river in the Moamba district are also reported as being dangerously high.

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