15,000 Affected by Floods in Mozambique

Mozambique’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) said on Monday 13 January 2014, that 10 people have died in floods and storms since the start of the country’s rainy season in October 2013.

January to March are usually the wettest months of the year, with the highest risks of floods. Heavy rainfall has been particularly bad over the last few days. During the 14 and 15 January, the city of Nampula saw 118 mm of rain in 24 hours. In Quelimane, Zambezia Province there was 101 mm in the same 24 hour period.

INGC said that as many as 3,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, leaving 15,000 affected by the floods.

According to the National Water Board (DNA), the Licungo river, which flows through the central province of Zambezia, has reached flood alert level. The level of the Zambezi river is also rising, thanks to recent heavy rainfall in Zimbabwe and Malawi, as well as Mozambique.

The city of Beira, Sofala Province, has also seen severe flooding. Houses were damaged and roads blocked. The outlying suburb of Nhangau, 20 kilometres from central Beira, is practically isolated, with the only access route under water. Floods have submerged the bridge over the Metuchira river in Nhamatanda district, Sofala province.

Recent storms have also knocked out power supplies in Nampula, affecting Angoche, Mogincual, Murrupula, Moma and Lalaua.

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Sources: The Zimbabwean; All Africa

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