Mozambique – 6 Dead as Floods Worsen in Maputo Province

The flood situation has worsened in the city of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, and the surrounding province of Maputo, according to an updated report from the National Institute for Management and Reduction of Disaster Risk (INGD) of Mozambique.

Floods and torrential rain damaged homes in Maputo, Mozambique, February 2023. Photo: INGD

As of 12 February, INGD reported 6 people have now lost their lives as a result of flooding and heavy rain in the region since 08 February. Two people have been seriously injured and 3 people reported missing.

According to figures from the World Meteorological Organization, over 400 mm of rain was recorded at the weather station in Mavalane in Maputo, in a 24-hour period to 08 February 2023. Since then heavy flows from flooded rivers upstream in South Africa and Eswatini have made their way into the Maputo, Incomati and Umbelúzi river systems in areas of Maputo province. Authorities began releases from the Pequenos Libombos dam after it reached capacity.

INGD reported a total of 36,700 people have now been affected by flooding, including over 16,000 in Maputo City and over 14,000 in Maputo Province.

Around 7,300 homes, 15 schools and 15 health centres have been damaged. INGD opened 10 emergency accommodation centres in Maputo, Boane, Namaacha and Matola. As of 12 February the centres were housing around 13,700 people.

INGD said it is providing assistance to the victims, guaranteeing food and non-food goods, in addition to providing health services.

The Provincial Delegation of the National Roads Administration (DPANE) reported that several important roads were impassable in areas near Matola, Boane, Goba, Catuane and Moamba.