Mozambique – Flash Floods in Beira, Sofala Province, After Heavy Rain

Flooding has affected parts of Sofala Province after severe weather in Mozambique from 03 December 2020.

Local media reported 128.4 mm of rain fell in the city of Beira, capital of Sofala Province, in a 10 hour period on 03 December. Flooding blocked roads and disrupted traffic. Local officials said a young person died in flood waters on 03 December. Homes were damaged and some families displaced, according to media reports.

The severe weather also brought rough seas. Several boats were wrecked, with 2 people reported missing off the coast of Beira.

Heavy rain has been reported elsewhere in the country. Also on 03 December, Quelimane in Zambezia Province recorded 185 mm of rain. A few days later, Tete city in Tete Province recorded 88 mm in 24 hours to 07 December.

In mid-October this year the government in Mozambique reported that 22 people had died and 12 injured after heavy rains and strong winds in several regions of the country since the start of the rainy season in the beginning of October 2020.

Government spokesperson and Deputy Justice Minister, Filimao Suaze, said 16,657 people from 3,695 families have been affected by floods in the provinces of Niassa, Nampula, Zambézia and Manica and in Maputo city. Almost 2,000 homes were damaged and 922 completely destroyed. Schools and health centres were also damaged.